Sanogo - Champions League is our duty

Yaya Sanogo
Yaya Sanogo

Yaya Sanogo says it is Arsenal's "duty" to qualify for the Champions League.

The Gunners are in pole position to secure fourth place ahead of Everton after beating Hull City last weekend, but they may need maximum points from their final three fixtures to keep the Merseysiders at bay.

Sanogo knows all about Arsenal's Champions League pedigree and he says it's vital that the Club extends its unbroken 16-year run in the competition.

"The wins over Wigan and then West Ham and Hull have given a boost to our morale"

"It is very important for such a great club as Arsenal to be in the Champions League. It is a duty," Sanogo told Arsenal Player.

"We really want to get qualified. We have been participants for 16 years so we want to be there again. To do that we have to give our best on the pitch, give 100 per cent in every single match.

"We were very happy [to get back in front of Everton] because we have come from a difficult place. The wins over Wigan and then West Ham and Hull have given a boost to our morale."

Sanogo has been a regular in the FA Cup this season and will challenge for a starting place at next month's final. He says the cup run has kept Arsenal's spirits high.

"It gave us confidence, and we believe we can make it to the end," he said. "It is the right time for us to take the FA Cup. Even if it was a painful victory [over Wigan] it is a good experience, we were very happy and so were the fans.

"We have to use that positive pressure, the fans have been waiting for that moment for nine years now. A final is a final so we need all the ingredients to win it. I believe the team has what it takes to win.

"But we are not thinking too much about the final at the moment because we have championship matches before that. We have to think about these matches first."

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