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Gibbs calls on Arsenal to hold nerve and seal third

KIERAN Gibbs has urged his Arsenal team-mates to hold their nerve over the final games of the season to secure third place in the Premier League.

The Gunners dropped four points in the space of six days last week, as Chelsea battled through to a frustrating goalless draw following Wigan's shock 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium.

Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger's men still have their fate in their own hands -- three points ahead of Newcastle, who have a match in hand and an inferior goal difference, while Tottenham's challenge for third was dealt a massive blow after they went down 1-0 at QPR.

Arsenal travel to Stoke on Saturday and Gibbs knows if the Gunners get themselves back in the right form it will not matter what anyone else does between now and full-time on May 13.

"We shouldn't lose focus now. We have nine points to win, and we have a position to secure for next season. We must do that," the defender said.

"It has been tight all season. A lot of teams are competing and anything can happen. We have to finish the season strongly.

"The way we see it is that if we win our three games then we secure our position."

Wenger felt Arsenal had played "with the handbrake on" and lacked the usual fluidity to their passing against Chelsea, who offered little attacking threat as they warmed up for tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg in Barcelona.

Right-back Bacary Sagna accepts the Gunners must improve if they are to get a positive result at the Britannia Stadium.

He said: "Against Chelsea we struggled to pass the ball as we are used to. We weren't with the ball as much and we struggled to create chances.

"But at least we did not lose and we kept a clean sheet, so we have to look forward to the next game.

"We want to qualify (for the Champions League) and we want to finish third. It won't be easy, but we want to do it. Everyone wants to qualify for the Champions League.

"It will be down to us, we have our destiny in our own hands."