Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that winning their final four games will be enough for them to finish fourth in the Premier League this season.
That is despite the harsh, naked truth that it is not in their control at all. If Everton, who host Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday, pick up 15 points from their remaining fixtures, then they will pip the Gunners to the prized fourth position.
Wenger admits that they are banking on some slip-ups from the Merseyside outfit, but still remains confident that his side will feature in the Champions League for the 17th year in a row.
‘It doesn't depend solely on us but it's a good chance that if we win all our games it's possible, yes’, he told reporters when asked if winning their final matches will be enough for a top-four finish.
Wenger’s confidence is understandable. He was speaking after Arsenal had come from behind to get the better of their London rivals West Ham United 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, propelling themselves up to fourth, a point clear of Roberto Martinez’s Toffees.
Moreover, the Frenchman needs to exude confidence and remain defiant in the worst of conditions – that’s his job anyway.
However, the 64-year-old does have a point. A quick glance at the fixture would suggest that Arsenal have an easier run-in than Everton. They play Hull City (A), Newcastle United (H), West Bromwich Albion (H) and Norwich City (A).
On the other hand, a clash against an improved Palace even at home will come bearing its own problems for Everton. After that, the Merseyside outfit have Manchester United (H), Southampton (A), Manchester City (H) and Hull (A).
Despite their really great home record, which has seen them win their last nine matches at the Goodison, it will be far from easy getting maximum points off both the Manchester outfits.
Just like in the title race and in the relegation battle, there will be twists and turns in the competition for fourth place over the next four weeks.