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Xhaka: Arsenal are ready for the top four

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka reckons the Gunners have what it takes to finish in the top four this season.

Unai Emery’s side lost their first two Premier League games of the season to Man City and Chelsea, but have since gone on a superb 14 game unbeaten run in all competitions, with The Gunners performance during their 1-1 draw with Jurgen Klopp’s highly-rated Liverpool last weekend a clear sign of how far the North London club has come under their new Spanish coach.

Arsenal missed out on the Champions League over the last two seasons, having qualified for 19 successive campaigns under long-term boss Arsene Wenger.

However, Xhaka believes his side are ready to regain their place amongst Europe’s elite, while the Switzerland international also hailed the impact Emery is having at the Emirates.

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“Each game we know what we do,” Xhaka said.

“We know the opposition well, where they are good and where they are not. He (Emery) is important. He helps us, not only me but all the players, with the small things. The tactical things. You can see that on the pitch.

“A lot of small things have changed. We have great character. If you are 1-0 down for example against Liverpool, we come back and it’s not the first time.

“We knew we would not lose this game because we were so good and showed that character again. If you see this game, you can see we are ready for the top four.”

Arsenal currently sit fifth in the table one point behind bitter rivals Spurs.

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