Wenger says Arsenal faces 'massive' challenge to reach top 4

Petr Cech has been sidelined with a calf injury but is set for a return against Middlesbrough

Kolasinac is a player who has looked ready to make the step up, and his game seems well attuned to the Premier League.

Antonio Conte's side are looking to land the knockout blow as they slug it out with second-placed Tottenham in the fight for Premier League supremacy.

It's much more about the collective effort and everyone taking responsibility, but there are times when having real leadership on the pitch can make a difference, and there was none of that to be seen as Arsenal went down with a whimper at Selhurst Park.

Manager Arsene Wenger can not confirm whether Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez has been offered £300,000-per-week but, did add the club is the priority and the squad must not be destabilised by money, even for important players. "But then you can not respect anymore the wage structure, and you put the club in trouble as well".

"Every club and every player has to make decisions".

Wenger nonetheless remains confident that Sanchez will want to stay at Arsenal and in England. Leicester had already wrapped up the league title past year when the 28-yearold reacted angrily to being taken off in an end-of-season league game against Norwich when Wenger substituted him for defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin six minutes from time.

"What is for sure, though, is that the results are not what we expect them to be".

Asked if he was concerned that paying one star player a massive figure could destabilise the team, Wenger said: "Always".


They now sit 14 points clear of Arsenal, but Pochettino is understandably more concerned about catching Chelsea than earning north London bragging rights.

The 27-year-old forward is now earning £130,000-a-week since he arrived with his big money contract from Barcelona.

The only card he has left to play really is to throw off the financial shackles he attached to the club and buy a new team.

In fairness to Wenger, his biggest purchase last summer was meant to give the club a bit more steel as well.

"We have to focus on the right things".

"His goalscoring record is good, his assists are good and I believe that the combination of goalscoring and assists always shows the quality of a player".

Wenger's team could be at 10 points off a place among the leading quartet by the time they kick-off at strugglers Middlesbrough on Monday if Liverpool win away to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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