Arsene Wenger admits top four Premier League finish is the 'easier battle'

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his side must now focus on finishing in the top four after they were smashed 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Arsenal have had a torrid week - they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship opponent Blackburn Rovers and now find themselves 3-1 down in their Champions League tie against the German side, with the away leg still to play.

The week has topped off a very up-and-down sort of season for the Gunners. It all started so well for them but then it gradually got worse for Wenger's men and hit rock bottom when they got beaten on penalties by League Two side, Bradford City, in the Capital One Cup quarter final.

After Wenger witnessed his side crash out of both domestic titles and struggle against their Bavarian Champions League opponents, the Frenchman admitted that finishing in the top four is now vital for the club.

"We will have two battles, but maybe the easier battle will be to be back in the Champions League," Wenger said.

"However, we have to give everything to try and change things in the second leg.

"But let's not hide the truth: it will be extremely difficult against a team of that quality.

"We have to give our best and hope we have built our confidence up a bit more, because that belief will be needed."

Finishing top four is still in the pipeline for Arsenal as they currently sit fifth in the league just four points behind rivals Tottenham, who they face in a couple weeks time at White Hart Lane. After that game, they then face sixth-placed Everton at the Emirates Stadium.


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