Arsenal boss Wenger: Nine clubs can crack top four

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes there's no less than nine clubs capable of finishing in the top four this season.

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Arsenal have only once failed to reach Europe's elite competition and that came in Wenger's first season in 1996-97.

But the influx of new club owners and millions of pounds spent on transfer fees, the Arsenal manager insists there is no longer a 'top four'.

Wenger said: "I think there is a top eight or nine who can fight for that [the Champions League places].

"It is very open and I think it will be more and more open because there are so many investors who have come in.

"West Ham are ambitious. Aston Villa are ambitious. Everton are a good side. Newcastle too.

"So it's a top eight, nine. It will be harder than ever to finish in the top four."

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