Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed finishing fourth in the Premier League is the same as winning a trophy.
The Gunners boss was speaking after his side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sunderland on Saturday.
It was a miserable ending to a bad week for the Emirates Stadium club and Wenger’s response to fans’ displeasure at the prospect of another trophy barren season was to compare qualifying for the Champions League with the winning of silverware.
“The first trophy is to finish in the top four,” he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.
“And that's still possible. I believe finishing fourth is vital for us, so let's focus on that.”
It is resigned language by the Frenchman and few can argue after witnessing a week where the north Londoners were humiliated 4-0 by AC Milan in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, before the defeat at the Stadium of Light.
The result of this is the likely seventh season passing without any new titles and a season where fans have shown unprecedented dissent at Wenger and his authority at the club.
Things will not get any easier for the Gunners as their next game is at home to fierce rivals Tottenham in a game where victory is crucial if they are to secure the only silver lining left of a cloudy season.