While obviously disappointed at our inability to challenge for the title this season, Mesut Özil claims beating Manchester City to third place would mean Arsenal achieved their minimum goal for the campaign, as reported by FourFourTwo.
Arsenal fans are equally disappointed that this season wasn’t more fruitful, and our failure to not only challenge for the title but also our struggles in every cup competition has been a real blow. It’s good that the team still have something to aim for though, and after a number of poor performances we need them to have some kind of motivation to improve.
“If we finish third in the table and directly qualify for the Champions League, at least we will have met our minimum goal,” Özil told SID (via FourFourTwo).
“But we could have won the league title this season. We dropped too many points against the smaller teams.”
Qualifying for the Champions League is obviously a priority, and at this point it’s all we can achieve anyway. It’s massively important to clinch third place though, as the extra games that come with fourth place can not only impact the start of your season, but there could also always be an upset if we got a tricky draw.
With all the action going on this summer too with the Euro 2016 Championships in France, we don’t need any extra games at the start of the season, as we want to give our players as much of a rest as possible.
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At least Özil is aiming for third place rather than fourth though, as we won’t want the World Cup winner to get infected with the fourth place trophy bug.