Unlike in the previous seasons when Arsenal used to be in a strong position when it came to the challenge for the top four positions, the club are really facing a tough fight from Everton and Tottenham this season. There are only 13 matches left in the Premier league this season, and Arsenal are four points behind the fourth placed Tottenham. Finishing in the fourth position has always been viewed as the main priority for Arsenal in recent seasons because it helped them to compete in the group stages of the Champions League and walk home with all the riches on offer.
Arsenal recently managed to return to winning ways in the matches against West Ham, but the 2-2 draw with Liverpool hurt the chances of the club finishing in the top of massively. As a result, Wenger revealed that he wants his players against dropping any more points in the league if they are to finish in the top four ahead of the match with Stoke city during the weekend. It seemed to pay off after the club managed a slender 1-0 victory over Tony Pulis and his men. This victory meant that Arsenal stayed four points behind Tottenham, who managed a 1-0 win over West Brom.
“I said already before the West Ham and Liverpool games, that we are in a position where we cannot drop points. We dropped two points against Liverpool but we couldn’t do it again today. What is more important is the quality of performances is there. The spirit is there. The target to be in the top four and to focus on the two cups we are still in is very important now as we have strengthened our belief and our confidence,” said Wenger. Arsenal also have the European tie with Bayern Munich in the corner.