Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has indicated that top four s “not as easy as it looks” ahead of Arsenal matchweek 31 against WestHam United at the Emirates.
The Gunners will play host to their London rivals on Wednesday and Wenger who is noted for top four spot every season says is not easy this time round.
The French has qualified Arsenal to the Champions League in all of his previous 20 seasons in charge but faces an uphill task to do so this season as the Gunners lies 6th with 28 games played, 7 points adrift of Manchester City who occupies 4th and have played a game more than the Gunners.
Wenger said in his pre-match conference;
“It [finishing in the top four] is a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible.”
“I have done it for 20 years and it looked always like nothing. Suddenly, it becomes important so I’m quite pleased people realise that it is not as easy as it looks.”
Top four in England to Wenger is like winning a trophy as he said in 2012 and with Pep Guardiola who is enjoying his first stint of the Premier League echoing that statement, Wenger continued;
“If you listen to Guardiola, he said the other day that to finish in the top four in England is a trophy because it is so difficult.”
When asked about team news, Wenger said he is likely to miss captain Laurent Koscielny for the rest of the season as the French has suffered an Achilles injury.
The 29 year old was substituted at halftime in Arsenal 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday and Wenger said;
“It is certainly serious.”
“If he has ruptured a few fibres of his tendon it could be a few weeks. If it is just an inflammation he could be available next week against Crystal Palace.”
On the part of contracts for Sanchez and Ozil, Wenger said;
“I don’t see what all the debate is about.”
“We are professional football people. Our job is to perform as long as we are somewhere.”
“I don’t understand this kind of anxiety one and a half years before the end of contracts. It is denying what the professional guy is about.”