Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


FA Cup finalists Arsenal focus on Premier League top four fight

14 April 2014, 15:05

London - Arsenal are one win away from ending a nine-year wait for silverware but must put any thought of FA Cup glory to one side as they resume their stuttering charge for a Champions League place when they host West Ham United on Tuesday.

Saturday's 4-2 penalty shootout victory over holders Wigan Athletic following a 1-1 draw after extra time earned the Gunners a date with fellow Premier League side Hull City on May 17 and a chance to win their first trophy since their FA Cup triumph in 2005.

While lifting a trophy at Wembley would undoubtedly offer the club a welcome boost at a time their ability to hold their nerve when the going gets tough has come into question, a top four finish and a 17th consecutive appearance in Europe's elite club competition is arguably more important for the financial rewards it brings.

Following an abysmal 3-0 defeat by Everton eight days ago, Arsenal lost their hold on fourth place when the Merseyside club beat Sunderland 1-0 on Saturday.

They are now on 64 points, two behind Everton with five matches remaining, and manager Arsene Wenger said Saturday's Cup win could help put them in the right mental state for the challenge ahead.

"It was a relief, everybody was happy yesterday, just for having qualified for the final," the Frenchman told reporters on Monday.

"Anything different would have been very negative in our mind and now we can put that out of our mind and focus on the Premiership.

"I feel we've played many many games this season in many different competitions and many tough games, but we've put in a lot of effort in the Premiership, we want to finish strong now.

"They've got the opportunity to start tomorrow because it's a big game, a derby, West Ham is in a comfortable position which means they can play without fear, so we know in this kind of game that it is important that we have a good focus and good tempo in our game."

Arsenal have failed to win in four league matches, with the Everton defeat proceeded by draws with Manchester City and Swansea City and a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea.

With time running out, Wenger acknowledged they needed to regain a level of consistency if they were going to overhaul Everton and reach the Champions League, having already seen their title challenge evaporate.

"It's down to consistency and we have just to focus on our results and see where we finish," he said.

"The quality of our performances, the quality of our spirit and our focus (makes me think we can finish in the top four).

"Experience counts of course. But the difference will be the quality of what you produce on the pitch and that is down to desire, to be faithful to our game we want to play and get everybody back in our squad.

"I believe that they have difficult games, and we have difficult games. We want to focus now on what we know we can do. We have a more complete squad and we want to win our games, no matter what Everton does. We want to finish in a strong way."

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky and centre back Laurent Koscielny could return against 11th-placed West Ham after missing the semi-final with thigh and calf injuries respectively, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), full-back Nacho Monreal (dead leg) and Aaron Ramsey (muscle tightness) are doubt in doubt, as is forward Lukas Podolski. 

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...