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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin admits he and his team-mates have been left frustrated that they couldn't mount a successful title challenge

Hector Bellerin believes second place is still a possibility for Arsenal and finishing above Tottenham would be a bonus.

Arsene Wenger's side are third in the Premier League table, three points behind their North London rivals Tottenham with two games left of the season.

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Spurs kick off at 1:30pm against Southampton on Super Sunday, and should they lose, Arsenal would go equal on points with them if they beat fourth-placed Manchester City in the 4pm match.

Bellerin, who was the only Arsenal player to be a part of the PFA Team of the Year, feels that although third is the realistic target for the rest of the season, second is by no means out of the question.

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"For us, it's important to finish third, or even second," he exclusively told Sky Sports.

"Obviously, as a team we want to finish as high as we can, and in a good moment to be ready for next season. We've got to start with these three points at the Etihad and the team is really focused on that."

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Image: Bellerin feels it would make for a better end to the season if Arsenal can finish above Tottenham in the league

The Spain international admits that finishing the season above Spurs in the table would be satisfying for the players and the fans if they can achieve it.

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"As an Arsenal player, there is always that motivation [to beat Tottenham]," he said.

"It's something the fans would probably be looking forward to. As players, we need to fight for it as well.

"It doesn't only depend on us of course. We know they have their games to play and have to win them as well so we'll do our end of the job and we're going to hope for the best."

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Image: Bellerin does not feel Arsene Wenger deserves the criticism he has received this season

Bellerin, who has made 34 Premier League appearances during the 2015/16 campaign, also feels manager Arsene Wenger does not deserve the criticism that he gets despite a disappointing season where Arsenal cannot win a trophy.

He explained: "Every single manager can have a good season or a bad one but at the end of the day it's us the players who have to get on with the job."

"You cannot blame one person or 11, you just need to look at the club or the people to see what's missing, and once you get the right answer, you need to perform on the pitch."

You can see the interview in full on Super Sunday - Manchester City v Arsenal - from 3.30pm on Sky Sports 1.

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