No margin for error in Champions League race, says Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal players that they cannot afford to slow down in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League, ESPN has reported.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the table, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur but the Gunners have played a game more than both their north London rivals and also Chelsea, who are third, with Spurs and the Blues to meet at Stamford Bridge before the end of the season.

Wenger watched on as Arsenal drew 1-1 with champions Manchester United on Sunday, Robin van Persie converting a penalty for United on his return to the Emirates Stadium, after Theo Walcott had given the home side an early lead.

The manager feels that his side struggled to get back in the game once United equalised, but remains sure they will be playing in the Champions League again next season. He said: “I think that equaliser played a big part in this game because it put us in a difficult position.

We had to open ourselves completely up and put everything forward and sometimes a little bit more with energy than with technique. We opened ourselves up for counterattack where we could have lost the game.

Wenger though agreed there is no more margin for error if Arsenal are to finish in the top four. “If we win our games, it will be enough and I’m convinced we will be there. There is no room for dropping points but the other teams are in the same position. We know we cannot drop points, he added.

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