By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger wants to support Chelsea in the Champions League final - but will only do so if Arsenal have secured third place.

Should Roberto Di Matteo’s side win the competition but finish outside of the Premier League’s top four, they would replace the fourth-placed team in next season’s Champions League.

The Gunners would qualify automatically if they were to finish in their current position of third place, and that is the ideal scenario for Wenger.

“Look, if we finish third you want Chelsea to win the Champions League because it's great for the Premier League,” he said.

“If you are in fourth it would be masochistic to wish that you were out of the Champions League. You cannot ask the impossible.

“That is why maybe the rule is a little bit malicious. Overall I think everyone in England wants an English team to win the Champions League, but the team who is fourth will certainly wish to have a chance to play in it.

“But let's not forget that the team in fourth can also be Chelsea. You don't know yet.

“What we want is to finish third and not be in that tense situation - we are in the driving seat. If we win our games it is no problem for us. Let's make sure that we wish that Chelsea win!”

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27 Apr 2012