For the past six seasons, February has been a horrible month for Arsenal. Since the 2005-06 season, Arsenal has failed to win a trophy with the second month of the year being the most problematic. This February was no different for Arsene Wenger, who would have been hoping for a change of fortunes. AC Milan ended his Champions League aspirations with a convincing 4-0 defeat. To make things worse, Sunderland beat them 2-0 in the FA cup. It is highly unlikely that Arsenal can win a trophy this season. However, Arsene Wenger maintains that a top four finish would be equivalent to winning the trophy.
“The first trophy is to finish in the top four,” Wenger said. “And that’s still possible. I believe finishing fourth is vital for us, so let’s focus on that.”
“We put a lot of spirit into playing Sunderland and if we keep that spirit and recover a little bit physically then we can win the next game,”
Arsenal must maintain their current fourth position in the Premier League table in order to qualify for the Champions League. Wenger believes that they can still finish in the top four. Hence achieving that would be their immediate priorities. There have been unconfirmed reports that the Gunners might change their recruitment policy in the upcoming season. However, Wenger has hinted that a significant overhaul might not be on the cards. According to the Arsenal manager, they are making plans for the upcoming game, rather than next season. However, he also said that they might add more players, if the team still needs improving after all the injured players return.
As Arsenal gave up title hopes for a seventh consecutive season, speculations were rife that Wenger might quit. However, the veteran manager has vowed to stay on as manager till his contract ends. Ever since he joined the club in 1996, he has led the club to 15 consecutive Champions League crusades.
Wenger will be hoping to keep this record intact and if he maintains that Fourth Place is a trophy then Arsenal have won one every year of his reign!