- Arsenal took to training on Saturday as they look to make one final push
- Arsene Wenger’s side play Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday
- The Gunners are relying on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to drop points
John Downes For Mailonline
Arsenal trained on Saturday as they look to give one final push for a Champions League place on the final day of the Premier League season.
Arsene Wenger’s north London side play Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, needing all three points to keep the dream alive.
Liverpool sit in fourth position with 73 points, while Arsenal are in fifth with 72, so the Gunners are relying on Jurgen Klopp’s men to drop points to have any hope of securing a Champions League place.
Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil take a break from Arsenal training at London Colney
Lucas Perez (left) and Sanchez share a joke during Gunners practice on Saturday
Theo Walcott dinks a pass to a team-mate as he gears up for Arsenal’s final league game
German playmaker Ozil gets on the ball ahead of Arsenal’s home match against Everton
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Prior to the match, Wenger labelled Tony Adams’ recent barbs directed at him as ‘sad’ and fired back at the former Arsenal captain to ‘show what he can do now’ after his Granada failure.
Adams claimed Wenger denied him a return to Arsenal on four occasions in autobiography revelations published on Friday — but his former manager says the Granada boss has ‘no divine right’ to come back.
And after Adams said Wenger was ‘essentially not a coach’ who he once claimed ‘couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag’, the Frenchman placed doubt on his ex-player’s own credentials.
Adams, 50, took over at La Liga basement club Granada almost six weeks ago and has lost every game since.
He quit a role in Arsenal’s academy last year to take up a lucrative job in China as sporting director at Chongqing Lifan before returning to European football in November.
Arsene Wenger talks to captain Per Mertesacker with the end of season appoaching
Welsh star Aaron Ramsey concentrates as he sprays a pass to a team-mate on Saturday
Mohamed Elneny (right) closes down Danny Welbeck during a training match
‘He can show what he can do now,’ Wenger said of Adams. ‘Who gives importance to that? I have known him for a long time. It’s sad.
‘Look, in a football club today, you have to employ people who can help you to be successful. And sometimes it is to make harsh decisions. You have to be needed.
‘If you have made a career as a player somewhere it doesn’t give you any divine right to come back. That’s what it is. Because all the players, at some stage, they decide to leave, when their interest was to leave.’
Switzerland international midfielder Granit Xhaka attempts a flick to a colleague
(From left) Carl Jenkinson, Rob Holding and Sanchez stretch out during Arsenal training