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Arsenal clinches Champions League spot

May 8, 2016 by  
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Week 37 Premier League: Manchester City 2-2 Arsenal

This game could have decided the title if Leicester and Tottenham did not have such a great season but instead it decided the Champions League berth for Arsenal. With the tie the Gunners are guaranteed to finish 3rd and will go straight to the Champions League. On the other hand the tie endangered City’s chances with only 2 points ahead of Manchester United. The Citizens will have to win away to secure their playoff game foe the Champions League.

Coach Wenger reacts on the game:

It was a very intense game where we had a difficult start because Manchester City came out very strong. We suffered a little, but every time we went down we showed character and came back twice in the game. Overall, I think Manchester City had good intensity in the game and there were a few times when we were in trouble, but we delivered a very strong performance. 

on finishing in third…

It is in our hands now but we have seen again today that we just want to finish the job with the result. That shows you that we have to focus and keep the focus. It is important to maintain that. We have had strong concentration in recent games and our character has been questioned a few times this season. We gave the right response today on the pitch, but you have to say if you look we have the best results against the top-four teams. That doesn’t come without character.

on Welbeck…

Danny Welbeck has a knee problem. I hope it is not too bad. We need to wait for a scan, I hope that it is not bad one and a meniscus. Danny is a strong boy, he is not a guy who moves out quickly. We tried to keep him on the pitch and straight away he tried to move on and he said it was impossible. At half time, I looked at him and he was very down so he must have pain. Lets hope we have good news tomorrow from the scan. 

on how bad it could be…

When I say good, that means he will not be out of the Euros. The bad news would be if he is out of the Euros, but I don’t know. I’m an optimist. I don’t know if it is a lateral meniscus. Lets wait until we get the real diagnosis. 

on Wilshere’s performance…

I felt that he showed he is well prepared physically. Overall, I believe that his performance was encouraging and that he will benefit from this kind of intensity in the game. He didn’t have too much time to think about it, but that is sometimes the best. His performance was positive. 

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