Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is still hoping for a slip-up from Everton in the battle for a Champions League spot.
Wenger saw his side regain fourth place with an impressive
3-1 win over West Ham
at the Emirates Stadium.
But he knows the outcome is not in the Gunners’ hands as Everton are just a point behind with a game in hand.
“We know we have to win our games and hope Everton slip up,” he said. “Let’s concentrate on our job.”
Wenger was delighted with his side’s performance in coming from behind to beat the Hammers just three days after knocking out holders Wigan to reach the FA Cup final.
“Tonight and Saturday has improved the confidence of the team,” he said. “We have compulsory games that we need to win in front of us. It’s possible [to finish fourth] if we win all of our games.”
Everton will move back into the top four if they
draw with or beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday
says his team are relaxed going into the last five games.
“There is no pressure on us. We have nothing to lose. I think the pressure comes when you have something to lose. We are in a position where we have everything to gain,” he said.
“We have already gained the club’s highest points tally in Premier League history and that is an achievement.”
When Martinez was being unveiled as Everton manager last June, chairman Bill Kenwright revealed that the former Wigan boss
had promised to lead the club to the Champions League.
On Tuesday, Martinez said: “It was a little bit too early to say we would be challenging because I hadn’t even told my players about the vision, so I didn’t know how the players were going to react to this.
“I expected to be the one to slowly unfold the plans, not just give it on the first day, and my worry was how the group would react. It would have helped if he’d allowed me to say it to the players first.
“I didn’t say anything, because I have great respect for the chairman. When you meet him you realise his life is Everton and he has a genuine love for the football club.”
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