By Richard Clarke

Only Champions League football is good enough for Arsène Wenger next season.

Arsenal have dined at Europe’s top table for the past 14 campaigns and the manager is loath to break that impressive sequence.

Earlier in the week, chairman Peter Hill-Wood had suggested in the national media that a failure to qualify  “would not be a disaster”. As a result of the Club’s self-sustaining stance, that is correct on the financial side.

However, Wenger’s primary focus has always been more about clean sheets than balance sheets and, speaking at Friday’s press conference, he outlined his desire to reach the Champions League once more.

“For me it would be [a disaster] because I want to play with the best,” he said. “We want to be in there, in the top four, and to play in the Champions League. Anything else would not be good enough.”

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20 Jan 2012