Wenger worried about Champions League Qualifiers

Arsenal looked to be strolling towards a certain place in the Top Three after going ten games undefeated, but suddenly one loss to lowly Swansea has assured the Gunners of a nervous finish to the season. Tomorrow’s game against Man United has now become crucial to our prospects of avoiding the Champions League play-offs at the beginning of next season, and Arsene Wenger is understandably keen to avoid that fate by getting a result at Old Trafford tomorrow.

“We want to finish by going step by step and bouncing back,” Wenger stated in the pre-match preview. “It’s important to bounce back with a positive performance on Sunday.

“It is not the most comfortable situation when you have to go through Champions League qualifiers, because now the opponents are more and more difficult because the pre-seasons are shorter and more disturbed by national team games.

“We have the opportunity to avoid it so let’s do it. We have worked extremely hard throughout the whole season to come back into this position, so now let’s take advantage of the hard work that we have done and continue until the end.”

The changes to next years Champions League is going to make it more unpredictable all the way through, so it’s vital that we go straight to the Group Stages, which means getting at least a point at Old Trafford. Another side effect of missing out means we could discourage new arrivals by not guaranteeing Champions League football, and it could also persuade Wenger not to splash the cash until we get over the qualifying hurdle.

It is never an easy game to beat Man United, so I am praying that nerves don’t make the Gunners accident-prone. Keep calm lads and just do your usual job…..

Onwards and Upwards!

18 Comments

  1. Greg says:

    Thats why “he” wenger should focus on finishing 2nd or 3rd to avoid any playoff by finishing 4th! Coyg!

  2. Greg says:

    We have a game in hand, our destiny is in our hands! So lets take care of business by beating man u and finish 2nd! Coyg!

    1. KickAssFan says:

      Read the previous article and I agree with most of the comments. Gabriel should start ahead of Per, against MUFC. He was beginning to do very well after his first game, much better that RhinoPer himself.

      Now, Theo: I won’t say Wenger should start him as our main striker against MUFCkers, I’d go with Welbeck in the middle, flanked on either side by Theo and Sanchez.

  3. Greg says:

    Hope man u gets 4th place, so they will have all the headaches of playoff drama!

  4. muffdiver says:

    sucks that we have to play 3 vital games in one week.

    we need a win tommorow.

    4th would be failure, after where we were

    1. davidnz says:

      Nah we are sure to beat
      Sunders and Brommers.
      Break out the lemonade now 🙂

      1. KickAssFan says:

        Now that’s one problem fans (gunners) have: hardly realistic. If u go back and check my comments prior to the game against the Swans, I did say how I was just unsure about the game because our team had become quite very predictable, and I recall vividly how their coach tactically outsmarted Arsene in the reverse fixture when we lost to them.

        Every game isn’t the same. Sometimes Arsene can be badly very predictable (like you know he’s most likely to make no substitutions until the 70th minute).

      2. muffdiver says:

        sunders are relegation threatened- they will play like nutcases.
        bromich with pulis- not easy

        we need 3rd as a minimum

        1. davidnz says:

          If we can’t beat Sunders
          and Brommers at home
          we don’t deserve ECL football

          1. KickAssFan says:

            Considering we lost at home to the Swans, do u still think we deserve ECL football?

  5. Top four is arsenal birthrite,the worry is about the FA cup fans talk here like we have already won it but,any final is 50/50 whatever happens is for the good of the club if we lose it stubborn Wenger will go Guadiola will come.

  6. Jb says:

    He lost his confidence the day we lost 8-2 to Manchester all he has is history past try paying your bills with last months pay He needs to GO!! times up prof

  7. NIKK says:

    Wenger always looks worried!

  8. Wenger could not beat mourihno dispite all the insults,our players lack mental strength because wenger is a coward cant motivate them.Now its still an issue wether arsenal can beat man utd,Wenger will never be counted as a great manager even if he wins champions league.Arsenal should be second to none in england,Madrid want ancelotti out for lack trophy one season but wenger got his dream Job

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      “Wenger will never be counted as a great manager”
      I know this phrase gets thrown around a lot but you genuinely dont know jack sh*tabout football

  9. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Wenger loves it really. It’s his safe place. A place he knows and where he feels at home. He wouldn’t know what to do if he wasn’t playing those mid week qualifiers. Would probably just end up watching Eastenders.

  10. Rare Admirall says:

    Charlatan,nabob,why don’t you apply for ‘EPL manager of the year’ straight away!!

  11. Rare Admirall says:

    You ‘season ticket holder’.What have been smoking while watchimg the Arsenal? Tht barb’s aimed at you and nobody else!!

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