Approaching Sunday’s Premier League season finale against Everton, which could determine whether Arsenal will play in the Champions League next season, Wenger again gave little away. Under-pressure Arsene Wenger is widely expected to renew his contract, but same thing can not be said with guarantees for first team stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the first place, who might end up leaving Gunners after a disappointing season.
The north London club have been going through a familiar scenario for far too long now, but the miraculous break into the top four might just not be possible this time out. And for me, what is important in life is to win the next football game.
Wenger also insists failing to qualify for the Champions League would NOT make it harder to keep hold of contract rebels Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. First of all they are under contract and, secondly, they behave like they want to be at the club.
Liverpool will be assured of a top-four spot if they equal or better Arsenal’s result this weekend’s set of fixtures.
“If we have enough points, we deserve Champions League”.
The Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the campaign as he prepares for the final Premier League game of the season against Everton with a hope to finish in the top-four for the 21st consecutive season.
The Belgium global has 24 Premier League goals this season and was poised for a final-day showdown with Sanchez for the golden boot before Tottenham’s Harry Kane stole a march with his four-goal haul versus Leicester City on Thursday.
“I think no one has scored more goals in the Premier League as he did at his age”.
However, Paul Pogba – signed for a world record $116 million in August – will definitely be one of the few high-profile players to start.
The season is as good as over for Everton who can not go higher or lower than seventh regardless of the outcome at the Emirates.
“Sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here. we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior”, the Chilean said.
Manchester United, who under Alex Ferguson viewed Champions League participation as automatic, have missed out in two of the last three seasons.
The Belgium forward has refused to commit to a new long-term contract and has made clear his desire to play in the Champions League, something Everton can not offer.
Hull manager Marco Silva is the favorite to replace him, while former Russian Federation coach Leonid Slutsky and former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri have also been mentioned as possible candidates.