Liverpool eyeing silverware after top-four finish - Milner

Sanchez and Vidal play together for Chile

Sanchez and Vidal play together for Chile

Wenger's side beat Everton 3-1 but victories for Liverpool and Manchester City on the final day of the Premier League campaign meant they finished fifth with 75 points and will have no Champions League football next season.

He said there were other explanatory factors behind the club's difficulties, but refused to go into greater detail.

"Liverpool have always had a history of fighting at the top of the league and also in Europe, and we have that now so next season can be really exciting for us", he said. They are both exceptional players and you want to keep exceptional players with you. We were playing in a hostile environment.

"They have learned a lot and they have gone through hard periods this season and they have bounced back in a very strong way".

He added: "It has been hard".

For the first time in Arsene Wenger's reign at Arsenal, there is no Champions League football to look forward to.

Pressed as to when exactly he felt the uncertainty about his future had affected his players, he said: "It's a good question".

"You've given me everything". However, as noted, the 22-year-old has been frequently linked with a return to the Catalan club. But expect Terry to celebrate wildly - and in full kit, like he did when suspended as Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 - if the Blues can win a 16th major trophy of his career.

And to make matters worse, his plans for Wembley have been thrown into disarray with Laurent Koscielny suspended after being sent off, while Sanchez limped off in the second half and Gabriel left the field on a stretcher.

He has impressed in Serie A, scoring 15 goals, and making 11 assists, in 30 league games last season.

Wenger must know that part of the fans' frustration comes from the fact that he remains in charge of the team.

Blues boss Antonio Conte paid a fitting tribute to Terry, taking him off in the 26th minute - matching his shirt number - and Chelsea's players formed a guard of honour as he walked off to a standing ovation by the capacity crowd.

If the club fail to retain the services of these players, it is a certainty that they will not be adequately replaced and Arsenal may well turn out to be a mid-table club if that happens.

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