Lion-hearted Arsenal to concentrate on EPL for rest of the season
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s disappointing exit from Champions League will spur the Gunners into ensuring a top four finish in the English Premier League this season. The Frenchman and his men were agonizingly close to defeating AC Milan after losing the first leg at San Siro 4-0.
On aggregate the score was 4-3, but that was after Arsenal scored three goals in the first half of the game to leave Emirates with a 3-0 victory. It’s unusual for a team to win a game 3-0 but still leave the pitch disappointed. Wenger admitted that it was a rare feeling but his men had learnt to cope with a lot following their dismissive season.
Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie put the North Londoner out in front sending the Rossoneri into a state a chaos, however the Italian side parked the bus in front of their goal posts in the second half to end the match with the same score.
Wenger and Co. will now focus all of their concentration towards guaranteeing a fourth place finish in the English Premier League, but with the increase in competition in the league this job will be easier said than done.
“We are on a good run in the league and it will be difficult - I don't deny that, because tonight was a big disappointment for the players,” Wenger said.
“But the team has grown well together that hopefully from here we can finish the season strongly because there is no room for disappointment. Every point is a battle until the end of the season and that is what is in front of us.”
Gunners are actually in contention of thwarting Tottenham Hotspur for the third spot right now. Two weeks ago they were trailing them with 10 points. With victories over them and Liverpool, Arsenal has not only cemented their position in Champions League but can actually do better.
“Our target is possible because we are four points behind Tottenham, but we have to go step by step because we have another big game on Monday against Newcastle,” Wenger explained.
“We take it game by game and we need to win our games and look at the results of teams like Tottenham to catch them up, but for us, its clear - we have to win our games.”