Unai Emery maintains that Arsenal are still in a decent position to finish in the Premier League’s top four despite a 1-0 defeat at Everton further highlighting the difference between his side’s form at home and away.
Six of the Gunners seven defeats in the league have come on the road and with tough matches at Watford, Wolves, Leicester and Burnley making up our final six fixtures, it seems clear that away form will decide whether or not we dine at Europe’s top table next season.
Asked how he plans to stop poor away form from ruining the run-in, Emery attempted to accentuate the positives and to look ahead rather than back.
“Generally we are good,” he told his post-game press conference. “I don’t think that we lost today because we were very bad.
“I think It was a bad result and not a good performance, but we are still fourth. We wanted to leave here in third position but we are in fourth.
“I knew it was going to be difficult before and after the game I think the same. We lost an opportunity and today we didn’t show our best performance.
We didn’t impose our gameplay against them. We are thinking about our match on Thursday and the Premier League game against Watford away.
“We need to be consistent in the next matches and if we do that we can win. There’s some frustration collectively with the result, but we won’t change our idea and our work.”
He added: “It was a good opportunity to take three points today and continue [in third] in the table, but after the result we are fourth.
“We need to be consistent in 38 matches but we lost that consistency today. We will have more chances, more opportunities in the next matches. It depends on us and also on other teams.
“After this result, we can be negative because it’s three points lost, but it’s in our hands to continue to take chances to be in the top four.”