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Wenger: Vital Arsenal qualify for Champions League

Arsene Wenger has stressed the importance of Arsenal qualifying for the Champions League next season as he prepares his side for a crucial game against West Ham tonight.

A win at the Emirates would move Arsenal above Everton and into the top four and give their season a further boost after Saturday's FA Cup semi-final victory.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Credit: PA Wire

"It is vital to me to do it. I want this club to play in the top level competition, and for that you want to be in the Champions League," Wenger said.

"What will be an advantage is our desire to play in this competition because we love the Champions League and just to imagine how much we love it will help us to achieve it.

"The pain of not having it? I would like them (the players) rather to concentrate on the pleasure to be in it."

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Wenger tells players to forget about Chelsea thrashing

We just came out of two convincing results at Bayern Munich and at Tottenham with a very solid defensive performance, so you have to think that [Chelsea defeat] was an accident.

How do you deal with the accident? You repair them, you repair the damage and you go for the next one.

An accident has happened - that doesn't mean that you are not a good driver. It just means that we have played about 40 games this season and it is not what happened on Saturday that reflects the quality of this team.

We have 62 points that we earned hard with quality games and that is what we want to focus on - to get back to that quality.

The season is always decided by how well you finish, so at the most important moment of the season it is vital that we stick together.

– Arsene Wenger speaking to the Arsenal Media Channel

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Arsenal ordered to get campaign back on course quickly

Arsene Wenger has challenged his side to get their Barclays Premier League campaign back on course quickly by beating Swansea.

Arsene Wenger seen on the touchline on Saturday Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger is still at a loss to explain why Arsenal imploded on Saturday lunchtime at Stamford Bridge during his 1,000th match in charge. They were thrashed 6-0 by Chelsea.

Arsenal striker could face fine over alleged drunken rant

Nicklas Bendtner could face a club fine from Arsenal for an alleged drunken rant in Copenhagen earlier this week.

Nicklas Bendtner Credit: Press Association

It's reported the striker threatened a taxi driver in the Danish capital on the night Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich. Manager Arsene Wenger is understood to be aware of what went on.

Bendtner has not played for Arsenal since the start of February 2. He spent spells on loan at Sunderland and Juventus in recent seasons and is poised to leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Wenger: Mesut Ozil could face long spell on sidelines

Arsene Wenger also revealed record signing Mesut Ozil, who had looked refreshed and scored in the 4-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over Everton on Saturday, could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines:

We have to make a scan tomorrow to see how bad it is but he's out for at least a few weeks. I hope it's not too bad.

– Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger blasts actions of 'diver' Arjen Robben

Arsene Wenger blasted the actions of "very good diver" Arjen Robben after his side bowed out of the Champions League last night. Arsenal faced the task of having to overcome a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their last-16 clash last month. The game against Bayern Munich ended 1-1.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger said: "Robben is very good at getting the maximum of nothing and he is a great player and as well a very good diver, but it is part of it. He is a fantastic player, I would not deny that, he's one of the best players in the world.

"But he gets in front of a player and then he slows down and goes down. He gets the free-kicks. That's where we spoke about yesterday that the referee, if he gives him a yellow card on the first one when he goes down, he will not do it again."

Arsenal 'mentally ready' to play at their best

Arsene Wenger added: "Bayern at the moment are the team of course who are full of confidence because they are doing well, but we have a great opportunity to do it. I am absolutely confident that mentally we will be ready to play at our best.

Arsene Wenger seen in February gesturing that Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben dived Credit: Press Association

"The statistics are against us, but we have also won 5-1 at Inter Milan, we have won everywhere in Europe. If we are winning 1-0 for example, then it makes the (final) result absolutely possible, so that is what we try to do.

"We do not have to be nervous and impatient, just to focus on the performance of our game."

Wenger: We must turn up with quality and with belief

History is important in your belief. We have done it before, so we know we can do it because we have done it.

It is a possible task, that is the most important for us. I believe my team has quality and ambition, and I believe do we produce a top level performance, then we can do it.

Our way to do it is to produce a top level performance and we will focus on that.

We must turn up with quality and with belief and that is what we will do.

– Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

Wenger remains optimistic ahead of Bayern Munich clash

Arsene Wenger sees no reason why Arsenal cannot pull off another shock result when they look to upset Bayern Munich tonight. The Gunners are looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their Champions League clash.

Arsene Wenger on the touchline
Arsene Wenger on the touchline Credit: Press Association

Arsene Wenger insists his side, buoyed by their FA Cup quarter-final win over Everton, should be confident of a repeat performance from last season, when they produced a remarkable performance in Munich to win 2-0 and exit the competition only on away goals.

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