One good thing you can say about Arsenal since we last won the Premier League title is that, unlike other big clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City, the Gunners have always finished in the top four and have always secured a place in the elite European competition that is the Champions League.
That is why the football media hilariously (not) dubbed a top four finish as the Wenger trophy, blithely ignoring the fact that this was actually the desperate desire or distant dream of every Premier League club. And the fact that the prof managed it on a fraction of the financial power of all of the big boys and many of the lesser clubs is one of his major achievements.
We have moved on from then, however, and a top four finish is certainly not enough for the Arsenal fans, but that does not mean to say we do not mind dropping out of the top four and the Champions League. The problem for Wenger and the players now is the possibility that the top four might not be enough, as a Sky Sports report explains.
Now that the Europa League winners earn a Champions League spot it is possible for one country to have five clubs in the Champions League. But that is the limit, so with Man City still in it and Liverpool still in the Europa League there is a chance that the fourth placed club in the league could miss out.
However unlikely this may be there is a chance it could happen and that will not have escaped the attention of Wenger and the Arsenal board. The question is whether the extra pressure to finish third will make Arsenal perform better of affect us in the same way that title expectations appeared to this year. What do you think Gooners?