Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Arsene Wenger admits 'lack of consistency' has cost Arsenal


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stressed that it will be a "different story" for Premier League champions Chelsea next season when they have European football added to their schedule.

"I still think we just have to give our best to get to 75 points and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen".

"I never saw one player in my life go on the pitch and not try to win the game and when the target is done, it's done".

Behind champions Chelsea and Tottenham, Liverpool (73 points, one match remaining), City (72 points, two matches remaining) and Arsenal (69 points, two matches remaining) are chasing the final two top-four spots. "You always will have regrets because you could have one point more, but you forget as well the games you won in the last minute".

"Yeah, but he [Wenger] plays against Everton and Sunderland, no?" Both teams are done, no?

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal will be made to pay for their inconsistency if they fail to finish in the top four.

I felt we had a hard week because we had to play Manchester United, go to Southampton and then Stoke, places where traditionally we have struggled, but it shows when confidence is high and the team is focused, it is possible. Maybe they are, as well, better than us."Bayern is similar - they dominate the German championship in a very easy way".

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"They play the way they want to play, so if teams of Tony Pulis want to play that way, perfect". "But no, we are a victim of nobody".

Wenger makes a valid point when he says that teams like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are stronger in Europe because they are at an advantage domestically.

Alexis Sánchez faces a fitness test on his injured thigh and there are also concerns over the defender Laurent Koscielny's calf injury that caused him to miss the victory against Southampton last week.

As for whether he would take the Europa League seriously, the manager did not appear enthusiastic despite insisting he would not field weakened teams.

"There is a shortage of top-level players, because there are some big teams in Europe who have top players but they do not need to sell them".

"For me it's important because we want to play at the top level and the top level is the Champions League. You don't do that if you don't take competitions seriously".

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