With his team now securely booked tor next season’s Champions League, Arsenal team manager Arsene Wenger also wants to ensure his team’s second place finish in the Premier League.
“For me it makes a difference,” Wenger said during the post-game interview for their match against Hull City on Monday. “We want to finish as high as we can. That’s a competitive attitude. We secured only top four. Let’s see if we can maintain the run.” Should Arsenal achieve the goal, this would be their highest league4 finish since the 2004-05 season.
Arsenal easily routed near-relegation Hull City 3-1 in the Monday match, with the Gunners effortlessly putting the Tigers under pressure for the entirety of the match. Forward Alexis Sanchez proved to be the Gunners’ hero for the night, sinking in two goals in the first half to put Wenger’s men in the lead. Hull tried to make a return, courtesy of Stephen Quinn’s goal, but Aaron Ramsey sealed the deal with the third goal for the other side.
“We set ourselves a target to continue to make progress as a team and this was a demonstration that we can improve and keep the quality high,” Wenger said of the match. “We played the football we love to play for long periods in the game.”
Aside from Sanchez and Quinn, Jack Wilshere also proved to be an invaluable asset for the match, returning after nearly six months of absence. Wenger enthusiastically welcomed Wilshere’s return. “He’s full of energy and is back,” the manager said. “That’s positive of course. I was not surprised. I brought him on at 3-1.”
Wenger also praised newly-crowned league champions Chelsea. “Chelsea at QPR when they didn’t drop points,” he said, referring to Chelsea’s late 1-0 win at Loftus Road on April 12. “They were very consistent. They lost only two games.”
When asked about his team’s future plans, the Frenchman simply said “Ask me in August. “Give me a breather. What is at stake now is to finish second. If we maintain our run we will and then the FA Cup final.”