Arsene Wenger says achieving a top four finish this season represents a ‘good challenge’ for his beleaguered Arsenal squad but insists it’s ‘perfectly possible’ to maintain his long-standing record of securing Champions League football.
The Gunners currently sit sixth in the Premier League standings, seven points adrift of fourth place Manchester City but with two games in hand on third place Liverpool who are eight points in front.
Taking a swipe at those who for so long have taken for granted Arsenal’s regular top four finishes, the boss drew attention to recent comments by Pep Guardiola who claimed such a feat was akin to a trophy these days.
“It’s a good challenge,” Wenger told press ahead of West Ham’s visit to the Emirates on Wednesday.
“I think it’s perfectly possible. For 20 years I’ve done it and it’s looked like it’s nothing. Suddenly it becomes important and I’m pleased to realise that people realise that it’s not as easy as it looks.
“If you listen to Guardiola he said the other day to achieve the top four is a trophy because it’s so difficult.
“So of course we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m happy that people realise that it’s not as easy as it has looked.”
After tomorrow night’s game with West Ham, the Gunners face Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Leicester and Sp*rs in the league this April, as well as taking on Man City in the FA Cup semi-final.
“I give my best for every game,” continued Wenger who underlined the importance of building on Sunday’s draw with City.
“We will see where we stand at the end. I think it’s possible, but we need a strong run. There are a lot of games in April. We need everybody on board.
“We need to work like we did against Manchester City, with the support of our fans during the games.
“We play as well the semi-final so its all to go for. It’s a good opportunity to show we are united and strong.”