Arsenal may have been complacent over Champions League, admits Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his side might have been guilty of taking a top four finish for granted this season, BBC Sport has reported.

The Gunners have spent much of the campaign fighting for the Premier League title, but they have fallen away due to a combination of poor results and injuries to key players. They now face a battle with in-form Everton if they are to make next season’s Champions League.

Everton are now in pole position for a Champions League berth, lying two points above Arsenal with five games to go, and ahead of the game against West Ham United on Tuesday, Wenger conceded there may have been some complacency among the players concerning the club’s place in the top four.

When asked if that was the case, the Frenchman said: “Maybe yes, we felt ‘that is done’. We have had a difficult schedule [this season] and the weight of a negative result, the mental aspect of a negative result in a big game, is massive.

“To deal with that is very difficult and when you have a succession of big games one after the other, if you lose the first one you are always in trouble. It is vital to me to do it (qualify for the Champions League). I want this club to play in the top-level competition, and for that you want to be in the Champions League.’

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