Speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against West Brom, Arsene Wenger put up a fortified front regarding the club's expectations after seeing their title hopes end in recent months.
Despite that disappointment, the Frenchman insists Arsenal intend to retain the services of key players, a contingent that might include Bacary Sagna, whom the Daily Mail's Simon Jones reports is a target for Manchester City with his Gunners contract expiring this summer.
Arsenal's official Twitter account provides the comments:
The Arsenal helmsman also delved into the controversial topic of UEFA's Financial Fair Play ruling, which has recently come back into view with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain just some of those sides found to be in violation of the body's law.
The Mirror's David McDonnell explains that City could have the size of their European squad limited next season, and Wenger stated that the rules must be respected by all participating clubs:
Wenger: "You want to Uefa financial fair play rules to be respected and if it's not then we will feel let down" #AFCvWBA— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 2, 2014
Heading into Sunday's match, the North London outfit sit fourth in the English top flight with two games left in their league campaign and are four points clear of an Everton side who have lost two of its last three outings.
But Wenger sees some positives in this, ensuring that his team will persevere in their remaining fixtures:
A win against the Baggies would seal fourth spot for the club, and Wenger is quick to praise the fine work of his squad, hailing his side as "remarkably consistent" in their 2013-14 season, coping well with injury troubles:
Sagna may not be available for the clash with West Brom, while more insight into this weekend's squad was also provided by James Olley of the London Evening Standard:
Wenger: "We are pifkcing from the same squad as Monday night. Kieran Gibbs is close, Wilshere is not far away. Both close to full training."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 2, 2014
It's no secret that this season has been termed by many as the most open title race the Premier League has witnessed, but Wenger is eager to force the notion that any team can drop points anywhere.
The Arsenal boss also detailed just what he thinks will be enough to avoid relegation this season for those teams still threatened by the drop:
Arsenal last lost at home to West Brom in September 2010, and even though an aggregate scoreline of 5-0 has come from the two home league fixtures since then, the Gunners can't afford to be influenced by a bout of complacency this weekend.
Wenger's hopes of securing Champions League football for the 2014-15 campaign will be enough to ensure he'll do his utmost, but a tense 90 minutes awaits Sunday's hosts.