Wenger welcomes Fulham win
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal picked up a "vital" three points against Fulham in the race for Champions League qualification.
With Chelsea and Tottenham not in action until Sunday afternoon, the Gunners were out to edge themselves back in front in the race for a top four spot in the Barclays Premier League.
However, the Cottagers were somewhat unfortunate not to earn a share of the spoils after responding superbly to the dismissal of midfielder Steve Sidwell - just back from a three-match ban - inside 15 minutes, shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner for wiping out Mikel Arteta.
Per Mertesacker's close-range header put Arsenal into the lead just before the break, but the visitors - who had won four of their previous five league games - failed to find second gear as the hosts rallied.
While there may have been no grandstand finale, despite Fulham's best efforts, there was still time for some more controversy as Marriner brandished his red card once again after Olivier Giroud had jumped in on Manolev, although replays showed some contact with the ball.
Having collected 16 out of a possible 18 points since they were beaten at Spurs, Wenger expects nothing other than 100 per cent focus over their remaining four games - starting with the visit of champions-elect Manchester United next weekend.
"We have to wait to see how significant the three points will be, but it is a vital three points," Wenger told reporters. "We have one thing to do and that is for us to win our games, which is all we can do.
"Our target is to win all our remaining games and we did that here.
"Fulham is a difficult place to come for us and you could see that in the final 10 minutes, we suffered a little bit because we couldn't score the second goal.
"But we are on a very strong run at the moment and we have to maintain it, if we can do that, then we will get there."