Arsenal FC can finish in top 4, says Thomas Vermaelen

Arsenal FC were pushed down to fifth spot as Roberto Martinez's Everton moved into fourth place at the weekend. Everton have a two-point lead with just five games to go in the season.

updated: April 14, 2014 10:07 IST
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London: Thomas Vermaelen insists Arsenal will shake off the draining effects of their marathon FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan in time to revive their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger's team were pushed to the limits by holders Wigan and needed a late equaliser from Per Mertesacker to force the penalty shoot-out which finally enabled them to see off their stubborn Championship opponents after a 1-1 draw at Wembley on Saturday.

Several of Wenger's players were struggling with cramp in extra-time, while left back Nacho Monreal limped off in the second half, but there is no recovery period for the Gunners, who must beat London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday to stay in the hunt for a Champions League place.

Everton moved above the Gunners into fourth place at the weekend and Roberto Martinez's side have a two-point advantage with just five games to go.

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