Arsene Wenger Dismisses Impact of Top Four Miss On Transfer Plans

by Leon Thompson May 16, 2017, 9:24

He collected Alexis Sanchez's defence-splitting pass before beautifully chipping Jack Butland.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes finishing outside the Premier League top four will not in any way affect the club's transfer business for next season. It wasn't easy on Saturday, but we wanted to win and get a result for the supporters.

"You just expect two teams to play with full power - if the other teams are better, they are better".

The Blues sealed a second title in three years without playing in Europe this term and will finish at least 12 points above Arsenal, who are still battling to qualify for the Champions League themselves.

The English side who made it furthest in the continental competition - the next round - were Leicester, who are 11th.

"We basically had two leagues, the top six and the rest".

"I never questioned the character of my side", Wenger said when asked about his team's recovery after they were beaten at Crystal Palace last month. "Another couple are complaining about different things so we will see how they are".

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He doesn't care at all, he said on Saturday after Arsenal beat Stoke City, 4-1.

After Liverpool's 4-0 win at West Ham on Sunday a place in the Premier League top four, and qualification for next season's Champions League, is now out of Arsenal's hands.

Wenger's men host Sunderland on Tuesday night, live on Sky Sports 2 HD, before their final league game of the season at home to Everton on Sunday.

"Seventy-five points will be a decent total". We had a hard period and recovered from it. You just want your team to play well.

Young defender Rob Holding, impressive in a back three, says the dressing room is totally focussed on one of Arsenal's customary strong finishes.

And when it was put to him that seeing a goal like Ozil's must make him feel like he wants to keep that quality at the club, Wenger said: "I love football based on intelligence, technical quality and collective attitude". He has now scored 20 goals in a league season for the first time in a career that has also featured spells with Udinese and Barcelona.


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