VIDEO: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on the festive fixtures

Arsene Wenger has urged his Arsenal team to use their Christmas fixtures to prove they are in a false position in the Barclays Premier League.

The sixth-placed Gunners face QPR on Boxing Day and then travel to West Ham and Southampton, clubs who sit directly above them in the table and rivals for Champions League qualification.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

“We have to make sure that over Christmas we take advantage of the schedule we have and put the performances in,” Wenger said.

“We have a good opportunity over Christmas to show that we are much better than people think we are.

“Every team has difficult games, so it is the consistency in that period that will matter.”