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The Gunners qualified for the Champions League for the 18th consecutive season, though the manager once again lamented the injuries that derailed their title bid

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has lauded his side's efforts as the Gunners secured a top-four finish that ensures their participation in next season's Champions League campaign.

Everton's defeat to Manchester City meant the north Londoners could not be caught, rendering their final home match of the season against West Brom largely meaningless – though Olivier Giroud's early goal wrapped up a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

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Manchester United's fall from grace means Arsenal are the only club to have finished in the top four in each of the last 18 seasons, and Wenger was delighted to continue his side's impressive record even though they failed to maintain their early season title tilt.

"There are mixed feelings because we were 128 days top of the league and mixed feelings because you feel at the most important period of the season in March and April we didn't have our players available," Wenger told the club's official website.

"But as well [I feel] pride because we are the only team now in the last 18 seasons who has finished in the top four. Nobody else did it.

"If you look across Europe not many others did it. That's as well a sign of consistency, commitment and quality of work."

Wenger was pleased with his side's efforts in the victory over West Brom as Arsenal picked up a 16th clean sheet of the season – a tally only bettered by Chelsea (18) this season.

"The pressure was a bit off and you could see we were a bit subdued but overall we did the job in a serious way," he added.

"We wanted to finish with a win at home, we did it, we kept a clean sheet, we scored only one goal and there was room for more. But West Brom played well and we did the job in a serious manner."

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