Arsenal's best chance of qualifying for the Champions League will be over if they fail to beat Tottenham on Saturday - that's according to Arsène Wenger.
The final north London derby at Highbury is probably not the most important in history, think about 1971. But, with Champions League qualification riding on the game, it could well be the most expensive.
At his press conference on the eve of the game, Wenger was asked if fourth place would be out of reach if Arsenal failed to win.
"Yes," he replied. "You will then have to have Tottenham lose one and draw one.
It can still happen and it would not be completely over but, of course, our chances would be damaged."
He was also asked about which route to Champions League qualification was harder. Again he was firm in his response.
"[Winning] the Champions League," said the manager. "You cannot just plan it. For us it's the first time we are in this position [ in the Semi-Finals]. Teams like Chelsea have been in there once, Manchester United have been in once since 1999.
"But if we beat Tottenham we are in a very strong position in the League. We can even afford a draw in one of the three remaining games."
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