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Emery insists finishing in top four is Arsenal’s number one priority

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that finishing in the top four of the Premier League remains his sides main goal this season.

The Gunners are in the last 16 of the Europa League and many have suggested lifting that trophy may be Arsenal’s best chance of securing Champions League football next season – especially with Emery’s record of having won that competition three times with Sevilla.

However, speaking ahead of his team’s top-flight clash with Southampton today, the Spanish coach revealed that his side’s priority is beating Chelsea and Manchester United to fourth place in the Premier League.

“For us, the Premier League is the first competition and we are fighting with Manchester United, with Chelsea in the same position,” Emery told his pre-match press conference.

“Sunday is a big challenge again against Southampton, here, I want to fight here with our supporters with regularity in every match and with a big performance and on our development and that’s why Sunday is very important.

“We are going to play after three days, after also we’re going to play Wednesday, so we will need every player. We need every player to be the focus for us, to help us in all of our matches.”

Arsenal currently sit in fifth in the table, one point behind Manchester United, and level on points with London rivals Chelsea.

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