By Abigail Withey
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set a target of 85 points for his squad to reach in the upcoming Premier League season, which is 10 points more than last season.
Throughout the last campaign the Gunners suffered a disappointing run in the top flight which saw them finish in fifth place – outside the top four for the first time during Wenger’s reign – and out of the Champions League spots.
The French manager has now named his target for the upcoming season, which starts with a home match at the Emirates against Leicester next Friday.
The Mirror quoted the manager speaking before his club’s Community Shield clash: “When you have made 75 points (last season), your target is to get 10 points more. And with 10 points more, you are in there (the title race).”
Wenger also praised goal-machine Alexis Sanchez ahead of his side’s 2017/18 campaign.
“He is a winner. When he goes on the football pitch, he wants to win,” Wenger told the Mirror. “He is a guy who loves football.”
Sanchez has been linked with a move away from the Emirates throughout the majority of the summer transfer window, but it appears that Wenger expects the Chilean to contribute to his 85 point target.
85 points would have secured Champions League football for Arsenal in any Premier League campaign, and would have seen them finish 2nd, 2nd, 1st and 3rd in the past four campaigns.
That suggests Wenger is dead-set on a return to the Champions League, with a nod to being in the title race come the end of the season.
Arsenal fans would take that.
In other Arsenal news, a Ligue 1 side are preparing to make one final swoop for the squad’s forward.