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Arsenal need Champions League football or risk losing sponsorship

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Sometimes a scrappy 1-0 win is just what is needed to make a huge difference in a season. Arsenal's win courtesy of a Mikel Arteta penalty at Wigan on saturday may fall into that category when we look back at the Premier League season in May.

It enabled Arsenal to creep into fourth place in the table after back to back away wins and ease the pressure on boss Arsenne Wenger ahaed of the busy holiday schedule.

It was good news on the back of reports in the Daily Telegraph that the Gunners will lose some of their £30million a year sponsorship from main backers Emirates if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League in the future.
Manager Arsene Wenger has led the club into Europe's lucrative club competition every season he has been in charge

Now the club's big backers, who have negotiated an extension on their contract to cover the five seasons from 2014-15, have disclosed they are taking precautions in case the club's Champions League revenue and exposure suddenly dry up.
Emirates senior vice-president Boutros Boutros confirmed that  the Dubai-based airline, which puts its name to both  the stadium and Arsenal's shirts, are planning to impose results-based precautions as part of any new deal.

'There are certain clauses, from 2015, that we pay them a percentage less if they don't perform,' said Boutros.
'The Champions League is part of the new contract. It's just to keep them on their toes.

Despite all the moaning and groaning about Arsenal this season they remain on schedule for another champions League spot if they continue to win ugly like they did at Wigan.



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