Unai Emery says that defeat to Chelsea will more than likely end Arsenal’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season.
Tomorrow’s visitors already have a 6 point gap over us, and 9 points would be too much to make up according to the head coach.
However, a win for the Gunners would cut that lead to just 3 points, and would perhaps provide the kick-start our season needs after a poor few weeks.
Asked if losing on Saturday would end the top four challenge, Emery replied, “I think, yes.
“After we lost at West Ham it is very different – to have a three-point difference to Chelsea or six points.
“But it’s finished that match and the next match is against Chelsea we have an opportunity in front.
“If we win we can be closer to them and continue our way, and I think every player has this ambition and this opportunity to play on Saturday with all we can against them.”
Mesut Ozil is set for a return to the squad, looking for his first appearance since being taken off at half-time during the 1-1 draw with Brighton in December.
Emery may also revert to a back four, using an extra man in midfield with Lucas Torreira set to start.