Wenger says exit from Champions League wouldn't harm contract talks

  • Wenger says exit from Champions League wouldn't harm contract talks

Wenger says exit from Champions League wouldn't harm contract talks

Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck scored for Arsene Wenger's side, ending United's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four.

"Jose Mourinho, whenever he is in a game that he feels in 50-50 or maybe they opposition have the slight edge on them, his first thought is to nullify, kill the game". We have a big match on Thursday and at least I could give to many of my players a rest and to give them the conditions to be at the top level on Thursday. "This is the first time I have seen the Arsenal fans happy", he said. Before they were walking the streets with their heads low."The Arsenal fans are happy and I am happy for them". "It's nice for them". Asked about Arsenal finally tasting victory against him, Mourinho said: "It's a big club". Honestly, I'm not enjoying that.

"There's no special rivalry, I respect the manager and have no personal issues".

Arsenal's recent away record is also poor, with Arsene Wenger's side winning just one of their last five on the road - that victory was a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough last month. Wouldn't it have been better for United to go for it more in some matches, and therefore risk defeat, in an attempt to turn draws into wins?

"I really don't believe so in this aspect I don't think there will be a difference between both teams". 17 matches in seven weeks, April and May, with 16 players is completely impossible.

He added that there were no problems with Wenger this time round as the pair have clashed on the touchline previously, although he did complain about the Frenchman constantly pressurising the fourth official.

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"It was hard for me to manage the game because in the end the players I wanted to replace were players that in principle will start the game on Thursday".

"It was important because we lost at Tottenham, it didn't happen many times".

Mourinho insisted United were unlucky as he also said their top four hopes were over.

"We have some worries for Koscielny", said Wenger.

"We still need a lot of work on this formation, we haven't been doing it for long, but we can learn quickly, especially in games like this".

The Europa League is the only major trophy that United hasn't won - and might be the last one captured by the club's captain, Wayne Rooney. "But the best help we can get is by winning our own games".