The Arsenal boss admits everything is at stake during Sunday’s match against Newcastle, but that he is happy there is something to play for in the last game
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepts admits all the pressure is on his side during Sunday’s showdown with Tottenham for the final Champions League spot – exactly the way he wants it.
The Gunners, who were seven points behind Tottenham in March, go into Sunday’s match away to Newcastle knowing a win will guarantee at least fourth spot and Champions League qualification.
And Wenger has instructed his players to use the pressure positively to complete the club’s main objective.
“The pressure is big, of course, but I always said the worst [thing] in my job is to play games without any pressure,” the Frenchman told reporters.
“Sometimes you think it would be nice to have a game with no pressure, but when you have one you think, ‘let’s get it back, it’s so boring’.
“What would be terrible would be to go to Newcastle and have nothing at stake for us. We have what we wanted, so let’s just finish the job.”
Olivier Giroud, meanwhile, believes the fact that Newcastle are safe from relegation will work in his side’s favour.
“We have to do the job and keep focused on our qualities and our game,” Giroud told the club’s official website.
“Never mind if they are a little bit relieved – they will maybe play without pressure. I am not sure, but I think it is better for us.”