Arsene Wenger

Opposition View: Arsenal

Arsène Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to win all of their remaining Premier League matches to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, starting with the visit of Leicester City on Wednesday.

- Leicester City are their next guests to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night (7:45pm kick-off) 
- The Gunners are seven points adrift of the coveted top four places with seven games remaining
- Wenger insists that his side must get points on the board quickly, starting against Leicester

Arsène Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to win all of their remaining Premier League matches to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, starting with the visit of Leicester City on Wednesday.

The Gunners are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City and remain in danger of missing out on qualification for European football’s premier club competition for the first time in 20 years under the Frenchman.

Following an Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final success over Pep Guardiola’s men at Wembley, the momentum has shifted in Arsenal’s favour ahead of Wednesday’s encounter with City at Emirates Stadium (7:45pm kick-off). 

“It is still possible, but we need a perfect run-in," the North London outfit's manager said on Tuesday morning. "It will give us a lift for sure but we have to show we can keep that level of desire and hunger in every game.

“That has to be the target and so to achieve that we have to win the next one and we have to transfer the energy level we showed on Sunday. It will give us a bit more confidence and convince everybody with the right energy level, the right fighting spirit and togetherness, we can beat anybody.” 

Despite a frustrating season in some respects, Wenger remains confident that his side can finish the 2016/17 campaign with a late flourish: “I believe that what it did was get the focus of the players on something that is concrete and forget anxiety and uncertainty."

“When the team doesn't do well, to focus on something different, to give them something different, is to focus on something that might be better. We have to come back and fight like mad to win our games.”

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