Arsene Wenger has publicly admitted what many Arsenal fans have been saying privately for over a month now. Champions League qualification is not guaranteed for the Gunners, especially after Sunday’s 0-0 draw away to relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Their goalless draw gave Manchester United hope that they can finish inside the top four, as Louis van Gaal’s side sit five points behind Arsenal but with a game in hand.
Arsenal last finished outside the top four in 1996 but, asked if he is worried about that happening this season, Wenger said:
‘Yes, of course.
‘We care about that and we worry about it as well. It is a fight.
‘There are two leagues at the moment. The teams who are taking it easier.
‘You see that in some games. You think, “I would like to play them now”. The teams that are safe and do not go for Europe.
‘Then you have the teams that go for something at the top and the teams that fight not to go down. It’s different games.
‘It is frustrating because we play to win the title. The fact that we do not win it is, of course, frustrating.’
ARSENAL’S LEAGUE FIXTURES
- April 30 – Norwich (H)
- May 8 – Manchester City (A)
- May 15 – Aston Villa (H)
MAN UNITED’S LEAGUE FIXTURES
- May 1 – Leicester City (H)
- May 7 – Norwich City (A)
- May 10 – West Ham (A)
- May 15 – Bournemouth (H)
Do you think the Gunners will hold onto fourth place? Or will United overtake them?