Arsene Wenger is worried about Arsenal’s quest for a top-four finish after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Sunderland yesterday.
Victory at the Stadium of Light would have would have lifted the Gunners back above Manchester City and into third place, but they remain fourth after a hard-fought goalless draw, which in turn eased the Black Cats out of the drop zone, above Norwich on goal difference.
Asked if he was anxious about clinching a top-four finish, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course. We care about that and we worry about it as well because it’s a fight.
“There are two leagues at the moment: the teams who are taking it a little bit easier – you see some games and you think you would like to play them now, the teams who are safe and are not going for Europe, and then you have the teams who are going for something at the front and the teams who are fighting not to go down, and they are different games.
“It is frustrating because we play to win the title and the fact that we do not win it is of course frustrating, like it is for many other teams.”
Meanwhile, Wenger admitted the fact Arsenal played West Brom on Thursday night, affected his players, particularly in the second half of the game.
“A team like Sunderland is ready to fight for their lives, and of course they will never give up during the 90 minutes,” he added. “They started with a bit of anxiety and we had to take advantage of that level of anxiety they had at the start of the game, but we couldn’t and you know with the fact that you have played Sunday, Thursday, today that you could suffer a little bit physically in the second half and that’s what happened.”