Arsene Wenger on why Arsenal failed to catch Chelsea this season

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2017

Sanchez was only passed fit to play hours before kick-off and, having reached 23 goals for the campaign, Wenger was full of praise for the man whose own future remains uncertain, with his contract at Arsenal expiring in the summer of 2018.

If Manchester City or Liverpool do slip up and drop points in their final games they're both five and four goals ahead on goal difference, so we really need to hammer a few home tonight, if even the smallest of miracles were to come true.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side are now fifth in the Premier League table with 69 points from 36 games this season, coming off the back of five wins from their last half a dozen outings. A small group of fans paid for a plane to fly over Stoke's bet365 stadium on Saturday, displaying the words "Wenger Out Means Out".

In a statement released on, the group listed the likes of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Max Allegri of Juventus as preferred alternatives to Wenger - before asking for fans to stay away on Tuesday night. "Please consider joining us in this boycott". Don't sell your seat to a tourist or give it to a mate. "You will always have regrets because you could have one point more ..."

"The teams have too much pride, the players have too much pride, every game matters, whatever team you support or whoever you play for, you play for the jersey, and would hope every player would do that. He just wants to fight and have the best result for the club", Koscielny told Sky Sports.

"Some teams turn up, some teams are on holiday".

Guardiola said Wenger had little to complain about, with his side facing already-relegated Sunderland and Everton, who can not move from seventh, in their final two league games.

Manchester United are also set to finish outside the top four, although they could still make the Champions League if they win the Europa League final against Ajax.

Despite the improvement, Arsenal look set to spend next season without Champions League football in what could be the first time in more than 20 years that Wenger's team will not feature in Europe's elite club competition.

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