Arsenal will attract top players even if we miss out on top four, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal would still be able to attract the top players to the club in the summer even if they miss out on top four

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Arsene Wenger's side are fourth in the Premier League table Photo: Back Page Images

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal would still be able to attract the top players to the club in the summer transfer window even if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal travel to Newcastle United on Sunday knowing that a victory will guarantee a top-four finish and a place in Europe’s elite club competition for next season.

Tottenham could still pip their north London rivals to fourth place should Spurs beat Sunderland and Arsenal fail to win against the Magpies.

But although Wenger accepts that being in the Champions League makes it easier to attract star quality, the Frenchman feels the Gunners would still be able to sign top players before next season.

“It’s easier to attract the players – top, top, top players – if you play in Champions League,” said Wenger.

“But that’s part of the rule of the market. And anyway we have a good team. We will attract one or two players that we want no matter what happens.

“For us we want to be with the best.”

And Wenger insists that the financial benefits of finishing in the top four are not as important as having the chance to compete against Europe’s top teams.

He continued: “There is a difference between the Champions League and Europa League. Why? The Champions League plays with the best teams in Europe and that is what we want to do.

“Yes the financial consequences are big but that is not the most important thing for me.”

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