Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted a lack of consistency has cost his side a place in the top four this season.
The Gunners had been in pole position to finish in the Champions League places last month, but a run of just one win in their last six Premier League fixtures has seen their top four hopes become all but dead and buried.
Arsenal do still have a mathematical chance of finishing above their arch rivals Spurs, but they need to beat Burnley away tomorrow and see Mauricio Pochettino’s side lose at home to Everton, all with an eight-goal swing.
Speaking ahead of his side trip to Turf Moor, Emery conceded that inconsistency has been a major problem for the North London outfit.
”It is about being consistent for 38 matches,” Emery told his pre-match press conference.
”We lost the first two games after we improved in the table, we were sixth but our progress was to give us the possibility to be in the top four, in third or fourth, but in the last matches it is the circumstances.
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“Sometimes the circumstances can come to you, and the last two matches at home for example, against Crystal Palace we lost but a lot of matches like that before we won. But circumstances of the match, our mistakes came with goals against us and also they had a very good team.
“Against Brighton at home, we made a lot of chances to score and to win the match but we drew. These six points are the points we lost, but the same manner we won against other teams playing the same matches.
“Away, we need to continue to improve because I think we improved some things but not for our possibility to be stronger in the table and take away more points and be more consistent and be in the top four.”
Arsenal do of course still have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League, with Emery’s side set to face Chelsea in the Europa League final on 29 May.