Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal’s chances of participation in next season’s Champions League are under threat after the Gunners fell seven points behind the incumbents in the race to make the top four of the Premier League, the
Tottenham Hotspur are the side in possession of the last spot that could provide Champions League football and, by virtue of their draw with Manchester United and the Gunners’ defeat to Chelsea, were able to extend their advantage over Arsenal on Sunday.
Everton separate Tottenham and Arsenal and play Southampton on Monday evening, where a win for David Moyes’ side would see the gap between the Liverpool-based club and sixth-place Arsenal extend to six points.
Arsenal have a game in hand on the sides above them, however, and play West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
Wenger’s side remain in this season’s Champions League with a two-legged tie against Bayern Munich to come later in the season, but could be facing the prospect of needing to win the competition outright to qualify for next year’s edition of the tournament, thus emulating the feat of Chelsea last season.
The manager said: “We have lost two big games in the last week, and that’s very damaging for us. We can’t drop points any more if we want to be in the top four. That’s a concern.”
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