Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that his sides chances of finishing in the top four will be all but over if they lose to Chelsea at the Emirates tonight.
The Gunners excellent 22 game unbeaten run now seems a long time ago, with the North London outfit taking just seven points from their last seven Premier League fixtures.
Emery’s side are currently fifth in the table, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea. Speaking to the press ahed of tonights crunch clash Emery was asked about the possibility of Chelsea opening up a nine point gap between the sides and whether it would effectively end Arsenal’s chances of making the top four, to which he replied:
“I think yes.’’ Emery told a pre-match press conference.
“We had a big challenge against West Ham. And the reason is because we spoke about playing under pressure, which we have to do if we are to be competitive, and take this opportunity. It is a big ambition of ours to do that.
“After our loss to West Ham it is a big difference to be six points behind Chelsea instead of three points behind.
“But the next match is against Chelsea and the opportunity we have is not the same, but if we win we have the opportunity to be closer to them.
“And we can then continue our way in the 38 matches in the Premier League. Every player has this ambition. To play Saturday with all we can against them.”