It seems that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is already lining up his excuses in the event Arsenal miss out on a Champions League spot, which is looking very likely.
Wenger has suggested that some Premier League clubs are ‘going on a holiday’ before the season concludes.
Arsenal needs to rely on Man City or Liverpool to slip up against teams that have already been relegated or are safe, which was the case with West Ham, who succumbed 4-0 to Liverpool on Sunday.
Wenger said: Some teams, once they are safe, they have a breather, which didn’t happen 10 years ago. The league has changed mentally. Morally, it has changed a lot.
‘We are focused until the end and as long as we are in a competition we prepare the team well. That’s why we finish strong. Some teams turn up, some go on holiday. You want your team to do the job properly until the last second.
‘It’s vital, just so you can look in the mirror and say we did it properly. What is not excusable is not to do your best. It looks like many teams who have been assured to stay in the league have just released their focus.’
The thing is this, Arsenal managed to finish above Tottenham last season because mentally Tottenham had given up, no one heard the Frenchman complaining then.
Additionally, it is the fault of Arsenal and Arsenal alone that they are in a position that they must rely on other teams. If the Gunners had won enough games and collected enough points it would be they that had their destiny in their own hands.
Wenger needs to look closer to home and not to deflect on to other clubs his own failings.