Arsenal manager confident of RVP staying after booking Champions League spot
The Etihad Stadium wasn’t the only place where high drama took place on Sunday afternoon, with Arsenal playing out an entertaining 3-2 victory at The Hawthorns to book their place in next season’s Champions League.
May 13th, 2012
It represents a fine achievement for the Gunners considering the appalling start to the campaign they experienced and Arsene Wenger will now hope to keep Robin van Persie at the club, considering Champions League football is on the cards next term.
Wenger said: “Will Champions League football help to keep Van Persie? It makes it easier to attract good players and keep them.
“The intention is to speak with him before he leaves for the Dutch camp (for Euro 2012).”
Wenger added: “I’m proud of the season. The mental solidity, the unity and solidarity inside the club has been tested. We didn’t show any weakness and kept united.
“In the end, we came back. It’s a good lesson for everyone. I told everyone to keep doing what they are doing and in the end we got there.
“I cannot say the season has been a failure. We have qualified for the 15th time. Only three clubs have done that in Europe. That means it’s not as easy as it looks.
“We were 17th in the league and in the first seven games we had lost four of them. When you have played seven games, there are 31 to go. It’s very difficult to imagine you can finish third.
“But we have had an exceptional run after our Champions League exit.
“I think if you look at the season as a whole in the last 16 games, we have lost only twice. We have created a fantastic run. In the end we finished with 70 points. That is respectable.”