Arsenal ready for scrap for top-four finish, declares Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists his side are prepared to fight to secure their place in next year's Champions League
Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side are “ready for a fight” to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.
Wenger’s men stuttered to a goalless draw at Bolton Wanderers in midweek after three successive league defeats, leaving the Gunners in seventh place and five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
But the Frenchman is still confident his side can challenge for a Champions League spot as they prepare to welcome Blackburn Rovers to The Emirates on Saturday.
“We lost three games and then the confidence drops a little bit,” Wenger told a news conference on Friday.
“But overall we have shown a great response against Aston Villa where we came back with a fantastic 3-2 win and I feel that on Wednesday night we deserved to win the game.
“Overall I feel this team is strong mentally with a good spirit and attitude. We are ready for a fight and that is the most important thing.”
He added: “The fact that we have never been in this position is rather a credit to me in 16 years so I do not take that as blame.
“I take that as fantastic consistency, and that is the most difficult thing at the top level.
“I believe we played 15 years on the trot in the Champions League and we play in 10 days in the last 16 of the Champions League. We want to come back in the Champions League position in the league, we want to prepare properly for the next round of the FA Cup and I wish that in the next 16 years it will be exactly the same for the club and that the fans will be happy.
“I am here to make all of the fans happy and when I do not manage to do it I am, of course, not happy. But what is most important is that we have our fans happy at the end of the season.”