Arsene Wenger believes it would be a disaster were Arsenal to fail to qualify for the Champions League again next season.
The Gunners have played in Europe's elite competition for 14 consecutive seasons under Wenger but earlier this week, chairman Peter Hill-Wood admitted the club had a contingency plan for the financial blow of failing to make the top four, stressing "so it's not a disaster" if they did not qualify.
In Wenger's eyes, however, the benchmark has been set, and he said: "For me it would be (a disaster). Because I want to play with the best. We want to be in there, in the top four, and to play in the Champions League, and anything else would not be good enough."
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