Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has welcomed the pressure that his team will be playing under on the final day of the season, this Sunday.

Much like last year, Arsenal know that if they pick up three points on the final day of the season, they will once again finish inside the top four in the Premier League.

Last year they travelled to the Hawthorns and picked up a crucial 3-2 victory - and this year around they travel to St James Park to face Newcastle United.

The Gunners are currently in fourth place and their fate is in their own hands, so they know that a win will guarantee them Champions League football once again next year at the expense of their rivals Tottenham.

However, if Arsenal fail to win, Spurs can jump above the Gunners in the race for Champions League by bettering their result when they face Sunderland at home.

Despite the massive pressure laying on the game, Wenger insists that he welcomes the pressure and believes it will benefit the team rather than affect them.

“The pressure is big of course,” he told “But I always said the worst [thing] in my job is to play games without any pressure.

“Sometimes you think it would be nice to have a game with no pressure, but when you have one you think, 'let's get it back, it's so boring'.

“What would be terrible would be to go to Newcastle and have nothing at stake for us. We have what we wanted so let's just finish the job.”

Wenger also knows there may be a time in the game where the team need his words more than ever before and he is prepared to be there to help out his players if needs be.

“We are in a period where the job of the managers is important,” the Frenchman added. “But I feel that a manager is always important because he has an influence on the team and the results.

“This is period where sometimes you have to deal with the nerves of the players and the environment. That is a big part of it.”


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