Champions League might become an unaffordable luxury for Arsenal
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his men from any further complacency if they want to play in the Champions League next season. The Frenchman asked his side to aim for victories as dropping any more points could result in a disaster.
Hopes of playing in the Champions League next season hang by thread as Arsenal attempt to dislodge Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur from the third and fourth places in the English Premier League.
Arsene Wenger has demanded his side to come up with performances similar to Sunderland’s win. Once threatened by relegation, Sunderland have come around to show an impressive fighting spirit this season.
Following a 1-0 win over Stoke City last week, Arsenal grabbed another 1-0 win by defeating Sunderland this weekend. In spite of winning the game, Arsene Wenger was impressed with the way Sunderland fought till the final whistle.
Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle United means Arsene Wenger and Co. are still four points away from a entering the top four of the Premier League table.
With the likes of Everton and Liverpool fighting to return to the Champions League, Arsene Wenger understands that Arsenal needs to pick-up three points from the rest of their games this season.
“We were under pressure to win, and of course we could not afford to drop points,” Arsene Wenger said. “I said that after the Chelsea game, we are in a situation where we cannot drop points any more. No matter where we play, we need the three points.”
Arsene Wenger, who has been at helm since 1996, has impressed with the way his improvised defense performed against Sunderland. Arsene Wenger placed full-back Bacary Sagna as a center-half and called in Carl Jenkinson on the right.
“We lacked efficiency in our finishing, we didn't finish what we created. But we create, and that's positive,” Arsene Wenger said. “Sometimes, it's like that. If you look at our games, we score five, seven and suddenly sometimes none, because maybe this team is developing and learning and needs to be a bit more efficient.”