What Arsenal must do to finish in top four - Wenger
Apr 19 2017
Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal have to win each of their remaining seven Premier League games if they are to secure a 20th successive top-four finish.
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil ended Arsenal's run of four successive away defeats with a scratchy 2-1 victory over struggling Middlesbrough in their Premier League clash on Monday.
"We can do that, but also we will have to - had we not won against Middlesbrough I would have conceded that the top four was beyond us".
"I went with three at the back to give more reassurance to the team especially as we were up against a team which we thought might have played a direct game".
"Sometimes when a team lacks confidence, just to change a system can help to believe in something different".
"When I arrived you (Dixon) were around 30 and the whole team was around 29 to 32, so maybe you were a bit more mature". It was a change and new for a lot of us, but I think we've adapted really well to it.
"There was a bit of nervousness in our dressing room before kick-off because we had not had a good run and that can happen - confidence in life goes away quickly and comes back slowly - but this result helps".
Asked if there was any news on his future, Wenger replied: "No".
"Despite sometimes hard situations, or some situations that lack clarity, we still can perform". We knew we needed to win.
Forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, meanwhile, said Arsenal had gone back to basics after allowing their standards to slip.
"It was significant. We were in a poor situation and we needed to come back with our quality", he told Sky Sports.
"I think due to their pride they made it a hard first half and then when they came back at us and equalised, it was a test for us".
"It's a huge honour to play for Arsenal and perhaps those amounts have stolen".
Boro boss Steve Agnew was hugely frustrated to take nothing from the match, but insisted that his players showed they have a chance of surviving, despite the six-point gap between them and safety.
"I couldn't be any more proud of the players".
"We needed to take responsibility for that and we've done that this week between ourselves".
"This group doesn't know how to give in, they will never, ever stop", he said. "They gave every single ounce of energy that they had throughout the 94 minutes".