Arsene Wenger makes refreshing admission about Arsenal and top four
The Arsenal manager isn't prepared to accept another top-four finish next season
Arsene Wenger insists a top-four finish isn’t a good enough return for Arsenal ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season.
The Gunners eased to a 2-1 victory over the Major League Soccer All-Stars on Thursday night thanks to goals from Joel Campbell and Chuba Akpom at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose.
The Arsenal manager has made three new signings as Wenger looks to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2004, including his biggest acquistion Granit Xhaka, who moved in a £33m deal from Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 66-year-old came under criticism from his own supporters last season after Arsenal failed to capitalise on the poor form of their perennial title rivals and finished 10 points behind Premier League champions Leicester City.
While Wenger has regularly highlighted Arsenal’s excellent record of qualifying for the Champions League in the past, the Gunners boss conceded that ahead of a crucial season for the north London side, another top-four finish wouldn’t be sufficient.
“It’s never enough,” Wenger told his post-match media conference.
“Personally, I believe no matter what you do, it’s never enough. We are in the best league.
“We know what we have to do. We came second last year and we had 19 teams behind us. It is a big ask.
“In the Premier League, every club is hugely ambitious.”
Arsenal made the breakthrough after Joel Campbell was fouled inside the penalty area and the Costa Rican dispatched the ensuing spot-kick.
However, Didier Drogba, who scored a staggering 15 goals in 15 games against Arsenal ahead of Thursday night’s game, levelled on the stroke of half-time.
The Ivory Coast striker was denied twice before the 36-year-old finally managed to beat his old Chelsea team-mate – Petr Cech – from close range.
But the Gunners managed to secure a win on American soil with four minutes remaining after Chuba Akpom converted Nacho Monreal’s late cross.