Arsene Wenger admits that securing third position and avoiding a Champions League qualifier in August will make a massive difference to Arsenal.
The Gunners ended the season coasting to a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion which, coupled with Manchester United’s draw at Hull, ensures automatic progression to the group stages of Europe’s premier competition and two less games.
Speaking after the final win of the season, Wenger noted: “It’s a massive difference. You go away and you can play in Turkey between two Premier League games at the start of the season, which is never easy.”
Having watched his side fail to score in three consecutive home games, the boss couldn’t help but be proud of the way his players ended the season in style.
“We have played some quality games but recently we haven’t been able to score. Today, every chance we created we scored in a convincing way.
“The first half was of top quality. After half-time we tried to keep going but we eased off a bit and the second half was less convincing, but we still had chances.
“They had one or two as well. Overall we did the job well today and we finished the season on a high. Now we can focus on the FA Cup final and come back next season.”
Next up for Arsenal its Aston Villa in the FA Cup final, however, somewhat understandably given the end of the league season talk turned to the club’s prospects of mounting a title challenge next time out.
“We hope that everyone comes back from international duty in good shape,” continued Wenger.
“We have to start strong and we can prepare for that well now because we have no qualifier for the Champions League. We’ll see if we can do something to strengthen the team after.”