Lucas Torreira says that the Arsenal squad are focused on a top four finish and a return to the Champions League next season.
The Gunners currently sit in sixth place, but just three points off Chelsea in fourth, and – on paper at least – with three winnable Premier League fixtures in the coming weeks, the Uruguayan wants his teammates to turn up the pressure on the other contenders.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said, “Qualifying is something which is very much on our minds.
“The squad is focused on qualifying for the Champions League because a big club like Arsenal deserves to be in that competition.
“If you look at the table at the moment there’s several points’ difference between us, but that said we’ve changed coach this season and there’s been a lot of new players arriving and we know it can be difficult to adapt when that sort of thing happens.
We’re all working towards becoming the top team we want to become and I think we are doing that because we’ve been competing with some of the best teams.
“It’s about fighting with everything we’ve got to achieve our objective because that would be massive.”
The importance of the Champions League goes beyond prestige, with the club’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham admitting it costs tens of millions of pounds each season in prize money, commercial income and associated revenue streams.
It’s a tough job, especially as we’re fighting against Chelsea and Manchester United, and our form has been a bit patchy of late, but hopefully a good run in the final third of the season – something we’ve seen in the past – can get us back to where we want to be.