Wenger always kept the faith
Arsene Wenger says he always had faith that Arsenal would
qualify for the UEFA Champions League after a 1-0 win at Newcastle
United secured fourth spot.
Laurent Koscielny’s second-half volley clinched the required win
for Arsenal to render Tottenham Hotspur’s victory by the same
scoreline over Sunderland immaterial.
Earlier in the season, the Gunners trailed Tottenham and Everton
in the race for fourth, but Wenger was always confident his team
could reel in their rivals.
“I’m proud of the character and the spirit, especially with all
we had to deal with during the season,” Wenger told Sky Sports.
“The players are special. I’ve told them many times and they’ve
shown it. In the last two months they have been absolutely
“It’s a good basis, as well, on a longer term to go into next
season on such a strong run.
“I’m very proud. We were very far behind Tottenham and even
after defeat there (at White Hart Lane) we’ve shown character and
attitude to come back and make 73 points, which is three points
better than last season.
“I have had many groups in my life and the focus and the desire
to do well was always exceptional. It’s one of the best groups I’ve
had in my life on that front.
“The combination of quality and attitude has been great, and
that’s why I always had faith that we would come back.”
Wenger is now hoping that Arsenal can build on the momentum
gained in recent months by challenging for the Premier League title
He added: “We want to do that next season. Let’s not forget the
consistency we’ve shown over the years in qualifying for the
Champions League and knowing everybody is desperate to get in
“Consistency is the most difficult thing in our sport. We need
it over the season.
“We have played against a very good Tottenham team, a very good
Everton team and we needed to be really special to come back to get
in front of them.”