Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4

Petr Cech has been sidelined with a calf injury but is set for a return against Middlesbrough

"That wasn't us tonight", he told Sky Sports.

Even the latter seems a daunting challenge for them as they lie seven points off fourth following a string of poor results. We can only apologise.

They now sit 14 points clear of Arsenal, but Pochettino is understandably more concerned about catching Chelsea than earning north London bragging rights. "You could sense that from the kick-off".

The 27-year-old forward is now earning £130,000-a-week since he arrived with his big money contract from Barcelona.

"It is not acceptable", he said. There's still lots for us to play for.

"I'm very happy because it rewards a very strong season if you look at the numbers", Wenger said of his nomination. "We were beaten, and you have to face reality and respond".

He revealed that he has remained tight lipped over his own future despite the players quizzing him about it.




As for what's going on this season, he continued, "I've been away for a year so I don't know what's happening there, in the dressing room or what training has been like".

"I believe our relationship has always been the same and that has not changed".

Wenger confirmed that goalkeeper Petr Cech and centre-back Laurent Koscielny are in line to return for Monday's league meeting with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Wenger, 67, has kept everyone guessing over his future, including his players, who he has conceded have started to ask him questions over his decision. In football, you have to accept that you can win, lose or draw but you have to give everything to win the next game. It is not where we have to make a choice - 'I go to China, because you earn big money'.

The Chile player has scored 18 goals and added nine assists in the league this season and is set to be Arsenal's top scorer for the second time in three seasons.

Arsene Wenger has suggested Alexis Sanchez might not sign a contract at Arsenal after admitting that a new big-money contract for the Chilean could "put the club in trouble". "We always had a wage schedule that was respected".

"We have to consider our financial potential to sustain the wages of the whole squad". Overmars is staying focused with Ajax and had not so long ago signed a four year contract with them. I'd say I hope not.

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