Wenger Fears West Brom Could Derail Arsenal’s Top Four Chances

Wenger Fears West Brom Could Derail Arsenal’s Top Four Chances



Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he is well aware of the threat West Brom pose to his team’s top four ambitions this season, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


"They are experienced, organised and efficient from set pieces. This season they have done very well in midfield and up front. It is a balanced team with good size, very equipped to deal with the Premier League," Wenger said on Thursday in his press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with Brom on Saturday


"This season they’ve done very well in midfield. They have played very well, and up front they have Hal Robson-Kanu and Salomon Rondon who have done very well for them as well.


“It’s a very balanced team with a good size who are equipped to deal with the Premier League.


“It’s true that it is tough because West Brom is traditionally always a very difficult game, but as well it’s an opportunity for us to come back to the position that is much closer to Chelsea.”


With Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all vying for four Champions League places, Wenger believes the final ten games will be keenly contested.


“It’s a strange championship because there’s no continuity at the moment – we’ve had games cancelled, then after you play away, you don’t play, you play FA Cup and you play away again,” he said.


“So you don’t really know where you stand. You don’t have the same number of games, you don’t have the continuity home and away. What is for sure is that we are in a position where we can’t waste points.


“We want to play in the Champions League next season. We have a tough job because we have six or seven teams fighting for the places and how well we do until the end of the season will of course depend on that.


“On the rest, we are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, we have an opportunity to do that as well. So overall those are our targets. After that, success is basically to take the maximum out of the potential of the team. Where is that? We will see.”


Wenger also played down transfer talks linking Hector Bellerin with a summer move Barcelona at the end of the season.


Bellerin joined Arsenal in 2011 but despite signing a new contract extension at the Emirates until 2023 several media outlets have been linking the 21 year old with a return back to Camp Nou.


The Frenchman whose contract expires this summer also confirmed Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are major doubts for this weekend's clash with West Brom.


But confirmed Mohamed Elneny is back in training after an ankle injury.

"We just extended contract. He has an unbelievable number of years to go. It’s very difficult to take these things seriously," he said.