Arsenal FC: Arsene Wenger on West Brom
The last day of Arsenal's season has come down to an away fixture at West Brom.
Arsenal need to win to secure third place. Despite this pressure Wenger seemed in an upbeat mood when asked about the weekend's game.
It is Roy Hodgson's last game as manager of the Baggies and Wenger expects West Brom to put up a good fight.
"I expect our opponent to play at their best and we'll adjust our performance to that and prepare ourselves to face an opponent that are focused and motivated," Wenger said. "We are never disappointed when we imagine that because we got that against Stoke, we got that against Norwich. So we prepare, consequently, to face a normal game.
"His teams are well organised, and usually play very well in a 4-4-2 formation and that is a system he was always faithful to. He has stabilised West Brom, they had 47 points last year and they have 47 points this year, so they are middle of the table and have been secure for a while now in the Premier League and that is a great achievement."
When quizzed about whether Arsenal should even be in a position of a last day decider, Wenger commented on the remarkable turnaround the club has made during the season.
"Ask our opponents, who were 10 or 15 points in front of us. Three months ago, everybody would be happy to go into the final game with that. The Premier League is difficult. We came from a deep position in the league but, if you look at the way we've made to be where we are today, I think it's remarkable."
Arsenal are a club that has become accustomed to last day nail-biters, and Wenger believes this will be no different and will carry on with business as usual.
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"We have known games where we have played for the championship, or to qualify for the Champions League. It is a fantastic opportunity for us that we want to take. We are used to coping with that. At the end of the day, it is playing football. If we have more of the ball than west Brom, then we have more chances to win it and that's what we want to focus on. Be faithful to the way we want to play football."
With Chelsea in the final of the Champions League, they have an opportunity to ruin the team who finishes fourth's bid at making it through the Champions League qualification stages.
This is still a scenario Arsenal may have to deal with, but Wenger didn't appear too concerned.
"The rules are the rules, you know them at the start of the season and you have to accept them. I believe we can finish third, we have the potential and the possibility to do it, so let's do it. The consequences of if you don't do it, you deal with that after the game. You look at it as an opportunity you want to take, and that's what we want to do."
Greg Probert is a Featured Columnist on Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained first-hand.
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