Coutinho planning Champions League run with Liverpool

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Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1 on Sunday thanks to goals from Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey but it was enough only to finish fifth as Liverpool beat Middlesbrough and Manchester City thrashed Watford.

Next season will be Arsenal's first outside Europe's top competition since 1996-97, which was Wenger's first in English football, and they must instead take part in the Europa League. At the end of the day, you need to perform no matter what is happening at the club and they didn't.

"I think Alex Ferguson came out yesterday and said exactly how I feel: 20 years of how he's managed the club, he shouldn't be discarded by the fact we haven't qualified for the Champions League". Everyone wants to see a fit and motivated Sturridge. And when asked about contract negotiations, Koeman said: "I will speak to the board tomorrow and we will make a statement".

However Henry believes that his former manager was merely taking the flak for a group of players who failed to live up to expectations.

"For a few weeks we knew that's the maximum we can achieve and we did it".

"I was out there to show respect, but I wanted the players to just have a quiet lap of honor that they deserve". "He's not at fault if we did not reach the Champions League tonight".

"We just need to keep improving and adapt to any side, the "bigger" teams or so-called lesser sides. Here you can be something more", he told ESPN Brasil. "It's about putting yourselves in those situations", he added.

"We can qualify and all that stuff and it will be a good pre-season, so I'm really looking forward to it".

"The longer we are together it is better and I am sure there will be more new faces in the summer, but it's the manager's first full season, the ground was changing, there are plans for a new training ground".

"It is annoying but we had a spell during the season that was hard and it was hard for me in my personal situation", said Wenger who has been under constant scrutiny over his future.

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