Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Wenger: Arsenal need quality over quantity


Given he has spent the past three seasons injured and it hasn't been until the final few games of 2016-17 those injury struggles have seemed to get in the way of playing the way Klopp would like his striker to, the club know they can not head back into the Champions League with Sturridge pencilled in as first choice striker.

Since then, Wenger's side have qualified for every single Champions League but Arsenal supporters will be freeing up their Thursday evenings after the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite a 3-1 win over Everton on the final day of the Premier League. He cost 35 million pounds, so he was supposed to produce, but I did not expect him to have the most productive season of all players.

The standout signing for Klopp last summer was the big-money purchase of winger Sadio Mane from Southampton.

"The Champions League is the best tournament in Europe", said Klopp, who guided Borussia Dortmund to the 2013 final where they lost to domestic rivals Bayern Munich.

"Money-wise? We have enough money".

"But the psychological environment for that group of players was absolutely horrendous and I'm very proud of what they have done, the way they responded and finished the season".

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"We are already pretty much done (on recruitment)". Manchester United's 25-match unbeaten run had too many draws, and while it allowed Mourinho to revive them into a tough-to-beat unit, their lack of firepower cost them a top-four spot. Now we have to make decisions. But it's all good and we are prepared and we will see what will work out and what won't. But, a midseason injury hindered him, and his return from injury saw him be ineffective for a few weeks. "That was what everybody wished for before the game and now we should celebrate".

A good example to prove my point would be Liverpool.

Arsene Wenger refused to end speculation over his Arsenal future as his side finished outside the Premier League's top four for the first time in 21 years but admitted the uncertainty had affected his players.

And we haven't even mentioned the "Invincibles" team of 2003-04 who went a national record 49 games unbeaten.

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes they will be able to cope with the demands of competing at home and overseas.

Liverpool have been linked with Southampton centre half Virgil van Dijk, Fulham full back Ryan Sessegnon and Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, while they will also be in the market for a striker, possibly as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge. That's the base we created, we learned a lot in this year about ourselves, so we can use it.

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