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Arsenal 'delighted' that Wenger has renewed contract

We are delighted that Arsene has renewed his contract for a further three years.

He is a man of principle, who lives and breathes Arsenal. He has established Arsenal for its exciting playing style around the world, continues his commitment to young players and has the ability to bring top-class players to the club.

I have no doubt we have an exciting future ahead of us with him leading the team.

– Arsenal Chairman, Sir Chips Keswick


Kieran Gibbs set to return after joining full training

Full-back Kieran Gibbs has not played since the FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan because of a hamstring injury. He is set to return this weekend having joined full training again.

Kieran Gibbs Credit: PA Wire

Arsene Wenger added: "We go there to try to win the game. We want to finish on a high. We want to make 79 points, as I said last week, to make it as tight as possible to the top.

"I think we had a good away season apart from some big games, but overall we were very consistent away from home and it is important we finish well away from home."

Jack Wilshere could return against Norwich City

Jack Wilshere is set to return to the Arsenal squad for the final Barclays Premier League match of the season at Norwich. The midfielder has not featured since suffering a fractured foot suffered during a friendly against Denmark on March 5.

Jack Wilshere Credit: Press Association

Speaking today, Arsene Wenger said: "We have everybody who played against West Brom available. We could have the return of (Aaron) Ramsey and Wilshere could be in the squad as well for Sunday. I don't know (how much game-time Wilshere will get). He will be ready for the World Cup."

Wenger: Injuries took toll on Arsenal's title challenge

Arsene Wenger admits injuries took their toll on Arsenal's title challenge as his side moved closer to securing a Champions League football for a 17th consecutive year.

Arsenal's 3-0 win against Newcastle United moved the north London team four points ahead of Everton, but Wenger admits the Gunners want more than just a Champions League place.

Arsene Wenger admits he expects more than just a Champions League place. Credit: PA Wire

"We had Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Koscielny all out in the same period - you can miss one or two but four or five will affect any team," Wenger said.

"Finishing in the top four shows the club has been consistent over the years. We want more but at the crucial period of this season we lost many players.

"We have shown we have potential but we want more next season."


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."

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

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.

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