Unai Emery has said that Arsenal are ‘outsiders’ to finish in the top four, while also admitting that Spurs are a ‘better team’.
It’s been almost two years since the Arsenal faithful heard that famous Champions League anthem ringing around the Emirates, with the Gunners missing out on the top four in both of Arsene Wenger’s final two seasons at the club.
There was renewed hope that Unai Emery could have an instant impact and restore the clubs fortunes, although, with just 13 Premier League games to go, it has been a case of ‘Same old Arsenal,’ with the North London club still struggling at the back.
The Gunners are currently in sixth, three points behind Chelsea and one point behind Manchester United, who have overcome an eight-point deficit since Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s arrival at the club in December. Arsenal are also 10 points behind third-place Spurs, with Unai Emery seemingly cancelling ‘St Totteringham’s Day‘ already, describing their North London rivals as a ‘better team’.
“We have to say there are better teams than us,” Emery said at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s game against Huddersfield.
“Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham are so far away. They have an advantage and there is a big difference between us.
“So now we need to focus on our capacity to be in the top four — but that is going to be difficult.
“There is a possibility [of finishing in the top four] because we are only three points behind Chelsea and one behind Manchester United. But they are very big teams — we are outsiders because we are sixth.
“We have to be practical, that is how it is at the moment.
“I still trust in our capacity to get into the top four but we need to stay calm and be very demanding of ourselves to show consistency.”