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Wenger gives little away as Arsenal faces top-4 exclusion

21 Mai 2017

Everton head into the contest guaranteed to finish seventh, a spot that gives them a place in the third qualifying round of the 2017-18 Europa League. "If we do that, we can have a great season and maybe get a place in the top four", he added.

However, this is highly unlikely to stop Koeman from fielding his strongest side against the Gunners, so Barkley will nearly certainly feature up front alongside Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku on Sunday evening.

That would mean that Wenger would still have control over transfers and tactics; he certainly seemed more open to the idea of accepting help when quizzed about developments on Friday. "I think, traditionally in England, you have that", he said.

"In 2006, we had the Champions League final to prepare and this season we have the FA Cup final", he said.

"We know it is hard - and playing in Europe next season will make it even more tough".

We should be confident of doing our bit as we have an excellent record against Everton and they come in to the game having not won in their last seven games away from home.

"If we have enough points, we deserve Champions League". But we played 0-0 at home against Middlesbrough.

Despite going the last four games without a goal, the Belgian has enjoyed the best season of his career.

THE END of season race to be crowned English Premier League Champions has been a fairly tame affair this year, once Spurs ran out of steam in pursuit of their West London rivals.

Wenger had delivered again - but even if he had not, another bite of the cherry would come later as they faced Barcelona in the Champions League final.

As well as facing supporter protests, Wenger has also found an increased criticism from a host of former Arsenal players.

Arsenal need to beat Everton and hope Liverpool can't beat Middlesbrough or win and hope that Manchester City lose at Watford and that they can make good a five-goal deficit in goal difference.

"You know being the manager of clubs like Arsenal is always hard (in terms of criticism)".

"There's a hard patch we had and we played through periods in a very tough environment, I think the team has been very strong and responded very well".

His 23 goals and 10 assists makes him the only Premier League player this season with double digit goals and double digit assists. "After a long time, maybe the people like to see a new face".

Sanchez has now scored in three successive appearances in all competitions for Arsenal and will be looking to net in four in a row for the first time since April 2016.

Wenger gives little away as Arsenal faces top-4 exclusion