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Arsene Wenger looks for top four league finish for Arsenal

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 00:43

''I think it's certainly possible,'' says Arsenal's Arsene Wenger as his team seeks a place in the Champions League for the 20th successive season, despite having dropped to sixth place in the Premier League.

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SHOWS: LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 4, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER, ASKED ABOUT A TOP FOUR FINISH TO SEASON, SAYS: "It's a good challenge but I think it is perfectly possible, you know. Suddenly, for 20 years I have done it you know, and it looked always like it's nothing, and suddenly it becomes important and I am quite pleased to realise, that people realise, that it is not as easy as it looks. And I think, if you listen to Guardiola he said the other day, that to achieve a top four in England is a trophy because it is so difficult. So of course we have a difficult task in front of us but I am happy as well that people realise suddenly that it is not as easy as it looked always." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER SAYS: "It is still possible that the title race is back on, yes." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER, ASKED ABOUT HIS FUTURE, SAYS: "Don't worry, you will get that soon." STORY: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday (April 4) his side remain in the race for a top-four Premier League finish despite the recent slump in form and will look to ensure a positive end to the season. The North London side, sixth in the league and trailing fourth-placed Manchester City by seven points, will seek their first victory in four games when they host 14th-placed West Ham United on Wednesday (April 5). Arsenal have never finished outside the top four under Wenger, who sees increased importance in finishing with one of the four Champions League qualification spots this season. Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for the past 19 seasons, a record only beaten by Real Madrid. "It's a good challenge but I think it's certainly possible," Wenger told a news conference. "For 20 years I have done it and it looked nothing. Suddenly now it's important and people realise it is not as easy as it looked." He added that Chelsea's stumble, beaten at home by Crystal Palace, gave notice the leaders could be caught. "It is still possible that the title race is back on, yes," said the Arsenal manager. Wenger, asked by reporters if he had decided to stay with, or leave, Arsenal, said "Don't worry, you will get that soon."

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Arsene Wenger looks for top four league finish for Arsenal

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 - 00:43