Date: 27th March 2017 at 11:16am
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Arsenal’s bid to win the Premier League ended some time again but despite the fact Manchester City aren’t going to catch Chelsea either this is a crucial game for next seasons Champions League hopes for both sides, but more so the Gunners.

Robert Pires is aware of the fact both would expect to pushing for the title at this stage of the season but with that gone Arsenal’s ‘special game’ with Man City is still vitally important.

The former Arsenal midfielder told Sky Sports.

‘You know it’s a special game when you play Man City. At the beginning of the season, Man City and Arsenal want to fight for the title. Now it is different, because Chelsea are on the top of the table. Arsenal and Manchester City need to finish in the top four to play Champions League next season.’

Pires knows the recent Champions League defeats to Bayern Munich had a massive impact as did the Premier League loss to West Brom ahead of the international break so finishing in the top four will be difficult.

But with ‘commitment, more spirit, more fighting’ he believes Arsenal have more than enough quality to achieve what’s needed.

‘For Arsenal, it is difficult, they are not in a good moment. We lost against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and we lost to West Brom I want to see a good reaction and a good spirit. When I see the guys on the pitch, the quality is very good but sometimes we need more commitment, more spirit, more fighting.’

If Arsenal are to salvage something from this season Pires finished by saying we’ve got ‘two objectives,’ finish in a Champions League place and win the FA Cup with it Wenger’s job to make this message clear to his players.

‘I don’t know what will happen in May but Arsenal, now until the end of the season have two objectives. The first is to play Champions League next season and the second is to win the FA Cup. The message from Wenger [must be] to say, ‘the season is not finished. We are six points from the Champions League [places] and we have to fight’.’

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