Arsenal failure to make top four would be "frustrating", Wenger says

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Arsenal will be "frustrated" if they fail to secure a top four finish in the Premier League this season and can only blame themselves for their inconsistent performances, manager Arsene Wenger has said.

Third-place Manchester City are also within mathematical reach, but only if they lose at Watford, Arsenal beat Everton and there is a five-goal swing in goal difference.

"I don't think about the percentages", Wenger said. The last-ditch effort for Arsene Wenger to save his job could work should the Gunners make the top four and win the FA Cup final against crosstown rivals Chelsea.

"I answer for 20 years the question: 'Is the top four nothing special?' I don't know why, suddenly, it could become such a big problem [not to finish in the top four]".

"We have 69 points today so let's make 72 on Tuesday and after that I will give my best for as long as I'm here for the values of this club. Sunderland fought and you want that in the Premier League - that's what you want from every team". We had a hard period and we recovered from it. ...

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The striker scored his 21 Premier League goal of the campaign and registered his 10 assist during the 4-1 win against Stoke taking his total tally over three seasons to 50 goals and 22 assists in 101 appearances.

The visitors had to wait until the 34th minute for their first chance when Jermaine Defoe played Didier Ndong through on goal, however Petr Cech produced a good save to deny the winger. "Once he's on the pitch and he gets the ball he becomes always a devil and forgets his pain", Wenger said.

"I don't look at the other fixtures". The player was in full team training yesterday, but it would still be sensible to rest him, though I wouldn't want to be the one to tell the Chilean that he's not allowed to play football. "We were unlucky. We had one or two chances ourselves and we had to keep them out a few times as well, but I couldn't really fault the players".

"But because we can't get the first goal, it makes it really hard".

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