Arsene Wenger says that Arsenal finishing outside of the top four will not make the job of convincing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stay any more difficult, as the players themselves will have to take some responsibility for that fact.
The Gunners require Liverpool or Man City to drop points on the final day, as well as picking up the maximum from the game with Everton, if they are to have Champions League football next season.
If that doesn’t happen, it’ll be the Europa League – a competition which certainly lacks the same lustre. However, the Arsenal manager insisted it wouldn’t make life more difficult with the two star players.
Asked if it might complicate matters, he said, “No, because they are part of the results as well. Like I am.
“Overall, I think first of all they are under contract and secondly they behave like they want to be in the Champions League and like they want to be at the club.
“They don’t behave like players who are disinterested in the future of the club.”
And on whether or not their contributions to the recent run of wins is a sign of their commitment, the manager was positive again, but did hint at something else.
“Maybe one day I will be able to speak about that, but I don’t question, at the moment, their focus and their determination because every game they turn up and give strong performances.”
We need two more big games from them, on Sunday of course, but then next Saturday at Wembley where we can win our third FA Cup in four years, and stop Chelsea doing the double.
For more on keeping Alexis and Ozil, listen to today’s Arsecast with discussion of that and much more