Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his players to concentrate on their own form rather than become distracted by that of their rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal have recovered from a tough start to the campaign by stringing together five Premier League wins in a row, but Spurs have also been in terrific form and currently occupy third spot, three points better off than the Gunners with a game in hand.
This week, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said he would donate £3,000 to charity if his side fail to finish above their North London foes, but Wenger has stressed it is vital his charges do not get sidetracked by their rivalry with Tottenham.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund, Wenger said: “At the moment Spurs are fighting for the top four like we do.
“At the end we can both be in the top four, and we will try everything possible to be in front of them, but that is not enough for me.
“With or without Tottenham what we want is to be in the top four that is our target. It is a long way to go. I don’t believe we have to focus on Spurs; we have to focus on us improving.
“It is important that we don’t get confused about what we want to achieve. What we want to do is improve and play better.
“We have come from far. You could see the game at Chelsea has helped the team to improve. Our consistency has helped the team improve, and qualifying from the Champions League group will give us a lift again.”
Of the meeting with Dortmund, who defeated Bayern Munich at the weekend, Wenger said: “It is another big test for our solidity and we will go into the game with that attitude, concentration and desire to win the game. We feel strong enough to be at home and finish the job.”