Arsene Wenger: West Brom game as big as Highbury’s final match
Arsene Wenger says the stakes for Sunday’s final game are as high as when his side played their last game at Highbury in 2006
Arsene Wenger has admitted the pressure on Arsenal to win their final game of the season at West Bromich Albion is reminiscent of the Gunners’ last fixture at Highbury in May 2006.
Arsenal are a point ahead of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are a further two points behind the Emirates outfit, who must beat West Brom to be certain of finishing third.
Wenger oversaw the Gunners’ 4-2 win against Wigan Athletic in their final game at Highbury in 2006, with Thierry Henry scoring a hat-trick, and the Arsenal boss is confident his side can deliver the three points again in a must-win game on Sunday.
“It will be a great achievement if we manage to do it. I believe it would be reward for a group which has exceptional strength,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website.
“They have come through some difficult times, always recovered and always battled. Therefore I will be extremely delighted when we do it.
“[It reminds me of the final game at Highbury] a little bit because the qualifying was the same, with the Champions League at stake.
“There is even more uncertainty because fourth place is not this time necessarily in the Champions League.
“Let’s make sure we finish third and win our game – that is the only answer we can give. To do that of course you need a full, committed performance from everybody.
“On that front I am quite sure we will get that from our players and then we will have a very good chance to do it.”