Arsenal manager claims Champions League qualification is like winning a trophy

It was always going to be a difficult AGM for the Arsenal powers-that-be on Thursday, especially after the Gunners lost 2-0 at home to Schalke the night before. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis, chairman Peter Hill-Wood and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke were all heckled by share-holders, although Arsene Wenger received a warm welcome

Arsenal manager claims Champions League qualification is like winning a trophy

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October 25th, 2012

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Many supporters feel as though the club have stood still in the past few seasons and that’s the reason why no silverware has been added to the trophy cabinet for eight years although Wenger defended this and claimed that making the top four of the Premier League every season is tantamount to winning a trophy.

Wenger said: “For me, there are five ‘trophies’ – the first is to win the Premier League, the second is to win the Champions League, the third is to qualify for the Champions League, the fourth is to win the FA Cup and the fifth is to win the League Cup.

“I say that because if you want to attract the best players, they do not ask ‘did you win the League Cup?’, they ask you ‘do you play in the Champions League?’.”

He said: “If everybody is absolutely devastated when we finish third in the league, I promise you I will not be here if you finish 15th one day.

“We did not produce a good performance last night, but let’s not forget it was a first home defeat in the Champions League for 43 games – not many teams do that.

“It is always difficult after a defeat to take a distance with the result and look at the bigger picture.

“This team started in a very dynamic and promising way. We hit the wall in the last two games, which was a bit inexplicable, but the attitude and focus of the team every day is fantastic.

“I believe this team can deliver and I am optimistic we will have a good season and the players will show I am right.”

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