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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his priority for this season after Saturday defeat to North London rivals Tottenham.
The French boss revealed qualifying for the Champions League is his top the Gunners are six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool in the table and could be as many as nine adrift at the end of the weekend if the Reds beat Southampton on Sunday.
However, the French boss is refusing to give up just yet, though he admitted he derby against Tottenham was a game Arsenal couldn’t afford to lose.
“It’s too early, yes. Football is not about switching off for three games and then switching it on for one game. Manchester United decided that once they were in the semi-final. We are far from the semi-final and we have to fight to have a chance to come back,” Wenger said in the press conference following the defeat to Spurs.
“For me, it’s a very disappointing result because the priority has to be to get into the Champions League from the Premier League [top-four finish]. I’m not a great fan of qualifying through the Europa League because I don’t think it’s right. If it’s an opportunity, we’ll have to try to take it as well. The priority is still to be in the Premier League.
“It’s a game we couldn’t afford to lose, of course. That makes it much more difficult now but we have to fight for as long as we have a mathematical chance. There was more at stake than just the derby, I said that before the game. That’s why it’s so disappointing to lose the game in the way we lost it.”