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Wenger wants more from Arsenal stars

ESPN staff
April 28, 2014
Wenger: Job isn't done

Arsene Wenger has called on Mesut Ozil to chip in with more goals as he eyes a Premier League title push next season.

Ozil scored one goal and provided an assist for another during Arsenal's 3-0 victory against Newcastle on Monday after making his second successive start since returning from a lengthy injury lay-off.

Arsenal's streak set to continue

  • Arsenal will continue their impressive streak of successive Champions League appearances should they secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
  • Manchester United lead the way having qualified for every edition of the tournament since 1996-97 - a total of 18 successive appearances in the competition - but that streak will come to an end next season .
  • Real Madrid will equal United's record next season and compete in their 18th consecutive Champions League tournament as they look to continue their current streak.
  • Champions League active appearances
  • Manchester United: 18 (1996/97 - 2013/14
  • Real Madrid: 17 (1997/98 - 2013/14)
  • Arsenal: 16 (1998/99 - 2013/14)
  • Chelsea: 11 (2003/04 - 2013/14)

The German has been criticised during a hit-and-miss campaign, having faded after a bright start to his Arsenal career, but Wenger believes he - and Arsenal - will be all the better for it next season.

"He is getting stronger in every game now, he is refreshed," Wenger said. "It is his first season here over Christmas, he suffered a little bit physically. Now he looks sharp again and refreshed mentally to play. That's why his performance is good.

"I believe the first season is always adaptable in the Premier League. What he has brought is his fantastic technique, the simplicity of his game, the intelligence of his passing and you look at his numbers, his assists and passes in the final third is very good. We want more goals from him and I think that will come naturally."

Victory against Alan Pardew's side has put Arsenal on the brink of securing fourth spot and a place in the Champions League for a 17th successive season. The club currently sits four points clear of Everton with two games remaining.

Wenger's side also face Hull in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May, but he is targeting a sustained title push next season after watching their challenge fade away this campaign.

"It is not done yet," Wenger told Sky Sports. "To get over the line is always difficult and we need to do the final job well. It is a step forward [towards a top-four place] and we need to make another one.

"One more win will be top four and it would show that the club has been consistent over the years. We want more, though. We have shown that we have potential but we want more next season and we hope that we can do it."

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