I knew Arsenal wouldn't qualify for Champions League - Ivan Perisic
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ivan Perisic has quipped about Arsenal's inability to finish in the top four last season, thus missing out on the UEFA Champions League qualification.
Mikel Arteta's side ended the season on the fifth spot with 69 points, just two short of Tottenham. Arsenal were humbled 3-0 by the Lilywhites in the north-London derby on matchday 36 which further hampered their qualification chances for the top-four. They also lost to Newcastle United in the next match which sealed their fate.
Tottenham on the other hand, went on to win both their remaining matches against Burnley and Norwich which saw them pip their cross-town rivals to fourth spot.
Perisic revealed on Thursday during a chat with SkySports his conversations with Spurs boss Antonio Conte who first reached out to him in March 2022 with the message of joining Spurs. Eventually, the second contact was made after they won against Arsenal which almost assured them of a top-four finish.
"I think our first contact was in March,” Perisic told Sky Sports. "The second one was in April when I think they won against Arsenal, and it was obvious that maybe they (Spurs) are going to reach the Champions League."
The Croatian wanted Champions League football as well as trying his luck in the Premier League, which further accelerated the move from Inter to London.
"I always wanted to play in the Champions League and my wish was also to try to come to the Premier League," he said. “When they reached the Champions League, we spoke and the deal was done in two days, and it was much easier.”