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Vermaelen: Arsenal will make third place finish

Thomas Vermaelen remains confident Arsenal can hold off their rivals over the final three games and retain third spot in the Premiership. While the Gunners remain very much still in the driving seat to go on and secure automatic qualification for the Champions League, Newcastle could move level on points should they win their match in hand.

"We didn't win the last two games, and they were really good chances to put ourselves into third place comfortably. At the moment we still have to fight for third place," said the Belgian centre-back.

"It will be a big effort for everybody to get that third place.

"It is not going to be easy, but that is because you play in England and it is not an easy league. Everybody can beat everybody.

"There are a lot of teams involved, ourselves, Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle. It is going to be tight, but it is going to be interesting.

"It is going to be hard to keep third place, but I am confident that we will."

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