Jack Wilshere: We want to sign top class players at Arsenal

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been speaking about the importance of Champions League qualification.

Prior to the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas, Arsene Wenger described his side as 'desperate' to progress.

After securing a 0-0 draw in Turkey, but missing the chance to score an away goal, the Gunners know there is no room for error at The Emirates next Wednesday.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere realises the importance of the match, and has spelled out the implications for the club.

He told The Evening Standard: "We worked really hard to get in the top four and we always want to be in the Champions League.

“We want to attract players who can be in the Champions League. We have got players at the club who have to play in the Champions League. We know it is a big game and we will treat it as a cup final."

Wilshere realises for the club to continue moving forward, and build on the momentum they have made over the past three seasons, adding more top quality players each summer is key.

Santi Cazorla arrived two summers ago, Mesut Ozil last year and Alexis Sanchez this year - missing out on the competition, via league qualification, or simply showing the club to be at risk via qualifiers - could see them miss out on more.

With just under week to go after next week's game and the transfer deadline, qualifying for the Champions League may be the difference between signing a Sami Khedira or William Carvalho - or failing to do so.

That is meant financially, and in terms of managing to attract either, and it's a fair question to ask if Alexis Sanchez would have chosen the Gunners if they were not a Champions League side.

In previous seasons, either bad early Premier League results, player departures or dead-ends in the transfer market, has placed increased pressure on the Gunners, but they have sailed through regardless.

This time around, everything is going swimmingly at The Emirates - defeat to Besiktas does not even seen fathomable, except it is a very realistic possibility, and Arsene Wenger dare not consider the impending meltdown as the feel-good bubble bursts around the club, should they fail to win next week.

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