Arsene Wenger hails his men after Arsenal grabs Champions League spot
Arsene Wenger hailed his side after Arsenal managed to capture Champions League action for next season. The Frenchman was exuberant to have qualified for the Champions League for the 16th successive season.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were riding neck to neck in battle to acquire a Champions League berth. With Tottenham Hotspur only a points behind the Gunners, they were hoping to take advantage of Arsenal’s potential misfortune.
Tottenham Hotspur won their game against Sunderland 1-0, but Arsenal managed to pick up a win as well. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny became the man of the hour to give Arsenal the lone winner of the game. The center-back struck the ball into the back of the net in the 52nd minute to give Arsenal the lead, which remained intact till the final whistle.
“I am proud of the character and spirit of these players, all they have had to deal with this season and they have shown that they are special,” Arsene Wenger said after the game. “We were very far behind Tottenham after the defeat there, but we have shown character and attitude to come back.
“I have had many players in my life, and focus and desire to do well was always there. It is one of the best groups I've had from those qualities. This is why I always felt we would come back.
“We want to win trophies next season, but let's not forget the consistency, we have shown consistency again. Consistency is the most difficult quality in our sport. We played against a strong Tottenham team, a strong Everton team, but we did well to finish ahead.”
After his victory speech, Arsene Wenger went on to talk about his plans for the summer. The Frenchman asked fans not to expect high bids flying around from Emirates in the summer transfer window, since he feared being out-bid by Premier League rivals.
“It depends what you call big, is it spending big, buying many players?” Arsene Wenger added. “We want additions to the squad, but the structure and spirit of the team we have now needs to be kept.
“There are many, many clubs with big money and maybe not enough talent to strengthen teams that have money, but we will be out there in a very proactive way.”