Arsene Wenger Dismisses Impact of Top Four Miss On Transfer Plans

Posted May 16, 2017

Arsene Wenger has accused some Premier League teams of "having a breezer" instead of fighting until the end of the campaign, as Arsenal look for help from others in order to get into the top four.

The Reds secured a comprehensive 4-0 win at the Olympic Stadium to put one foot into the Champions League next season, but Wenger was clearly unimpressed with the Hammers, if he did indeed mean them when making the comment below.

Arsenal are now fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and four adrift of third-placed Liverpool, who have played a game more.

The Gunners are looking unlikely to finish in the top four, even if they manage to take maximum points from their two remaining games.

"The season has not gone as well as I hoped at the start because I started to win the Premier League and when you don't do it, you're never completely satisfied", added Wenger.

Wenger's claim that some teams are already "on holiday" was rejected by Pep Guardiola.

"If you are going to replace Sanchez, with his quality you are going to have to spend £50m-plus just to get a player of his calibre - but then they want £200,000-a-week, because that is the going rate at other clubs".

Arsenal need one of their rivals to slip up to have a shot at Champions League qualification, but Wenger is pleased by the desire his team have showed in recent weeks, with the win at Stoke marking their third consecutive league victory. We have 69 points today - let's make it 72 on Tuesday [when Arsenal host Sunderland], and after that I will give my best as long as I am here for the values of this club.

"We have two leagues".

HECTOR BELLERIN praised Arsenal's "heart and character" as Saturday's 4-1 win at Stoke kept their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

"By doing this, we can send a message to Stan Kroenke (Arsenal's US-based owner) and Arsene Wenger that Arsenal should be doing so much better".

"If we cannot score with all these situations it is hard to win a game". "The most hard thing against a team like Stoke is scoring the first goal and after that we had to be efficient".

Arsenal won this game at a stroll apart from a frantic few minutes in the second half and are desperately trying to claw their way into the top four.