Wenger on a Top Four finish and ending the season with regrets
Written by Jeffrey on April 29, 2011 21:00
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confessed finishing in the “Top Four” is not as straightforward as it may seem.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online, the Frenchman admitted that the Gunners are to “fight like mad” if they are to finish in the first four places in the English Premier League and qualify for the Champions League. And of course pre-season will be affected by their ending position in the table.
Asked about the Real Madrid – Barcelona game on Wednesday, the Arsenal boss went back to the Camp Nou game in which striker Robin van Persie was harshly sent off, explaining how that episode will go down as one of this season’s regrets.
On Thursday, Wenger said:
[Keep third place in the table?] We have to. I am convinced that is not done, even to be in the Top Four is not done, we have to absolutely fight like mad.
I feel the concern is not massive but if Tottenham [Hotspur] comes back [then] Man. City will drop because they play each other. Or Chelsea will drop, so our focus has to win the games.
The regret we have [in the Champions League] as you know, everything has gone against us this season. Because people complain against the sending off of Pepe but [Robin] van Persie did much less.
What people forget [is that] when van Persie was sent off we were qualified, it was 1-1. We, as well, have a few things that we will never forget from this season and that is as well one of them.