EPL: Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool book ticket to UEFA Champions League play-off stage

Giroud sparks speculation about Arsenal future

Arsenal finished the 2016-17 season on a low, finishing outside the top four for the first time in a long time under Wenger.

Philippe Coutinho has vowed to stay at Liverpool next season after the club took a giant step towards Champions League qualification.

Boro forward Patrick Bamford managed to get goal side of Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, and Lovren, who was the last man at the back, hauled down the striker. For the first time he has finished outside the top four places.

Speaking after the Everton game Wenger offered praise for his squad's mental strength to overcome their mental woes and put together a run of eight wins in nine games to end the Premier League season.

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There could also be a price to pay for next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea as Laurent Koscielny was sent off just 14 minutes in and Gabriel was carried off on a stretcher.

"It is annoying (to miss out on the Champions League), but we had a spell during the season that was hard and it was hard for me in my personal situation", he said.

"I said recently that we are going to attract big players this summer, especially with Jurgen Klopp as our manager", the Liverpool attacker told BBC Sport. "The psychological environment for the players was horrendous". What happened in January we all know - I'm not sure if agree why but we had injuries and too many games then. For me, it's the best competition and Liverpool needs to be there consistently, all the time, and I love the perspective.

Wenger said he regretted that the problems had got on top of his players as a team and that a sign of "professionalism" was performing "when an environment is negative". We have not to look there as well as an excuse, but I just say it's a fact - it doesn't help.

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Wenger was asked whether he accepted the responsibility for being a cause of the negative mood.

"I'm really proud of the boys, they did well", Klopp said. Being on the pitch with the boys is what I used to do for 15 years. Here you can be something more.

"I've gone on record, I would well and truly be in the Wenger camp." he said. "So let's prepare for the Cup final". It's a good question. I will give you an answer one day.

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