Unai Emery has said that his side are aiming for a top-four finish this season, but has admitted that it certainly won’t be easy.
The Gunners have enjoyed a productive summer, bringing in six players including the club-record transfer of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid as well as the deadline day arrivals of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.
Despite that though, Arsenal boss Emery is under no illusions that cracking the top four after their three-year exile will be ‘difficult’ considering that Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea are all fighting toward the same goal.
“We are happy, we are delighted with our players and our squad. We know it will be difficult but our ambition and motivation is to do the best possible in all competitions,” Emery told the media at his pre-match press conference for their Premier League opener against Newcastle.
Arsenal Signings this summer:
Dani Ceballos (loan)
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“The most important competition is the Premier League, we are going to start on Sunday trying to find the regularity to be consistent in 38 matches.
“Our first objective is to be in the top four but knowing it is going to be difficult. Last year we reduced the distance.
“Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than others at the beginning but we want to reduce the distance to them and compete with them. We can achieve more and more points against them.”
“After Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have the same objective as us. Last year we had a very small points difference between us. This is another challenge for them, for us.
“Other teams are coming back, signing very good players, working very well. Everton, West Ham, Leicester, Wolverhampton, Watford. The Premier League is the best competition in the world.
“We are going to work and be with a big challenge to compete for the top four in this competition.”