Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Koscielny, Arteta and Rosicky available for Arsenal's push for "vital" fourth spot

Arsene Wenger has told his players it is "vital" they secure Champions League football next season.

Arsenal sit in fifth place, two points behind fourth placed Everton, with just five matches of the campaign remaining.

Wenger's men face West Ham United tonight in what is a must win game. The Gunners play 24 hours before Roberto Martinez's side face Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

And with yet another Premier League campaign going right down to the wire for the north Londoners, Wenger has insisted that securing a Champions League spot is a priority.

He told Arsenal.com:
"It’s vital to me to do it [qualify for the Champions League]. I want this club to play in the top level competition. For that you want to be in the Champions League. 
"What will be an advantage is our desire to play in this competition because we love the Champions League and just to imagine how much we love it will help us to achieve it. 
"I would like them rather to concentrate on the pleasure to be in it [than worry about not qualifying]. 
"We had a difficult schedule and today the rate of the negative results and negative aspects of the results in the big games is massive. 
"To deal with that is very difficult. When you have a succession of big games one after the other, if you lose the first one you are always in trouble."
Wenger hopes to be able to call on Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky who all joined in training at London Coleny yesterday.

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