Top-four finish still priority for Arsene Wenger
Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger mentioned qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League through a Premier League top-four finish remained his priority after Arsenal slipped to a 3rd league defeat in 5 video games at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Harry Kane’s second-half header gave Tottenham a 1-Zero victory over their neighbours that left Arsenal 5 factors behind fourth-placed Chelsea having performed a recreation extra.
Manchester United secured a return to the Champions League by profitable final yr’s Europa League and Arsenal are by means of to the final 32 of Europe’s second-tier membership competitors.
“The priority remains being in the Champions League (qualification places) through the Premier League,” Wenger instructed reporters.
“I am not a great fan of the Europa League winner qualifying for the Champions League – I think it is not right. If it is an opportunity we have to try to take it as well, but the priority remains the Premier League.”
Arsenal struggled to create actual openings towards Spurs at Wembley, mustering one shot on track all match, and Wenger pointed to their poor report of 15 targets on the street this season as an space of concern.
“Today was a game we couldn’t afford to lose” Wenger added. “It makes it much more difficult now (finishing in top four), but we have to fight. There was more at stake in this game than just the derby, that’s why it is so disappointing. (Our away record) is very poor. Football is about scoring goals, and if you look at the numbers, compared to the top six, we do not score enough goals away from home.”