Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal are motivated to end up in the top four because sport is a priority over the financial rewards.
Wenger is on the brink of not qualifying for the Champions League this season for the first time since 1997.
Arsenal are short of four points to go ahead of arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur who are on fourth. Despite having a £70 million transfer budget available, no top player would be ready to join Arsenal if they do not get to play European football.
Also, the club would lose on the financial side because they have been earning revenue on this for the last 15 years.
“Financially we can live with not qualifying. On the sporting front? No. And the sporting front is the priority,” said Arsene Wenger.
Despite getting eliminated from the FA Cup an losing to Bayern Munich at the Emirates in the Champions League, Wenger is still very positive.
“We want to come back in a strong position in the Premier League. I feel apart from Manchester United, it is very open for all the other positions,” he said.
“So it is down to us to continue to be consistent like we have been in the Premier League.”
Aston Villa will travel to North London on Saturday and Wenger has said, “We have to prepare ourselves for a battle. They are fighting to avoid relegation and it is a typical Premier League game. There is no easy game for anybody.”