Koscielny: Arsenal must finish third

French central defender has insisted that the Gunners have to beat West Brom and finish in the top three in the Premier League to secure Champions League football for next season
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has insisted that the team must secure a 15th successive Champions League berth.

The Gunners can book their place in Europe's elite competition with a win against West Brom on Sunday, but if they fail to do so they know that fourth place might not be enough. Following Chelsea's 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Tuesday, the Blues cannot make the top four, but should they win the Champions League they would claim qualification for the next tournament and fourth place would miss out.

"Every player wants to be in third place; it is very important for the squad, the club, for everything," Koscielny told the club's official website.
8/1 Arsenal are 8/1 with bet365 to beat West Brom 2-0 on Sunday.

"We must do it on the pitch to make sure we are in third place after Sunday's game.

"Since Arsene Wenger was here, Arsenal have [almost] always qualified for the Champions League, so I don't want this to be the first team not to qualify."

The Gunners travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday with Champions League rivals Tottenham and Newcastle facing Fulham and Everton respectively, both of whom have their own ambition in trying to finish above Liverpool in seventh place.