Arsène Wenger: Nine points will be enough for
Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League
Saturday 04 May 2013
Arsène Wenger is 99 per cent certain that 73 points will be enough for Arsenal to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
If Wenger’s side win all their remaining games, starting at Queen’s Park Rangers this evening, they will reach 73 points but could still finish fifth, if other results go against them. If Tottenham win all of their last four, including at Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea win their other three, including at Old Trafford tomorrow, both Chelsea and Spurs would finish on 74 points, a point ahead.
But the Arsenal manager said he is only thinking about his own team, describing a scenario whereby 73 points is not enough as only occurring “one chance out of 100”.
“Let’s just focus on our performance, our quality and how we want to play,” Wenger said yesterday. “What is important for us is that we finish well and then think that we have done the maximum that we could.”
Wenger is likely to persevere with Lukas Podolski as the lone striker, despite his underwhelming performance there against Manchester United last Sunday. “He was a little bit rusty because he had not played a lot,” Wenger explained. “I believe it is his best position because maybe on the flanks he needs to work so hard and he’s more a finisher than anyone else in the team – him and Theo [Walcott] are the two finishers.”
Wenger said yesterday he would be open to staying at Arsenal beyond the his current contract, which expires in 2014. “I want to stay if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all.”
RACE FOR EUROPE
* Remaining games
CHELSEA Tomorrow Man United (a), Wed Tottenham (h), 11 May Aston Villa (a), 19 May Everton (h)
ARSENAL Today QPR (a), 14 May Wigan (h); 19 May Newcastle (a)
TOTTENHAM Today Southampton (h), Wed Chelsea (a), 12 May Stoke (a), 19 May Sunderland (h)
EVERTON Tomorrow Liverpool (a), 12 May W Ham (h), 19 May Chelsea (a)
Latest in Sport
Manchester United teased by Monaco after claims they could have signed 'Luis Suarez of Neymar' instead or £58m Anthony Martial
Former Manchester United star Karel Poborsky goes full hipster
England vs San Marino, Euro 2016 qualifier: Jamie Vardy cleared to make first start for country
Manchester United hit back at Real Madrid by claiming they let David De Gea 'slip through their fingers into the back of the net'
Serie B introduces 'green cards' to promote good behaviour, fair play and sportsmanship
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 3 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees