Arsène Wenger’s side are on the verge of securing a third-place finish after Tottenham Hotspur suffered another setback with a shock 2-1 defeat by Norwich City at White Hart Lane on Monday.
Spurs’ result leaves the Gunners two points ahead with a crucial game in hand following a run which has seen The Emirates outfit win six of their last seven games.
Belgian defender Vermaelen insisted that Arsenal’s end of season form proves they have the quality to be title contenders but need to regularly produce their best to compete with Manchester City and Manchester United.
“Third place give us direct qualification for the Champions League – that’s our main target at the moment,” Vermaelen told the Daily Mirror.
“In some games we’ve shown a lot of quality and that we can compete with everybody. But you must be consistent in the league and sometimes that’s not been the case.
“But I’m confident we do that better next year.”
Arsenal can move five points clear of Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham if the Gunners can beat struggling 20th place Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Wednesday night.
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