Alex Lacazette has urged his teammates to stay focused with the prize of Champions League qualification in their hands if they win their remaining five Premier League games.
The Gunners are currently fourth in the table, however, with just three points separating Sp*rs in third with Manchester United in sixth, there’s no room for a slip-up even with fixtures piling up alongside European commitments.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s home clash with Crystal Palace, Lacazette told Soccer Saturday, “Everything is in our hands now. If we win every game we go to Champions League – we want to go Champions League so we have to do our best all the games to go there.”
Today marks a year since Arsene Wenger announced he’d be leaving Arsenal. His successor, Unai Emery, capped his 50th game in charge with a win away at Napoli on Thursday, a result that further underlined the good work he’s been doing. His record of 32 wins in his first 50 games is the best any manager or coach has achieved in the club’s history.
Reflecting on what the Spaniard has brought to the Emirates, Lacazette said: “There’s a lot of difference. We work tactically more, we do more video as well, how the coach speaks is different than Wenger. It’s different.
“It’s hard to always compare the coaches because they have their own technique to manage the team.”
A run of six clean sheets in the last seven games suggests a renewed focus on tightening up at the back and growing collective confidence heading into the final stretch.
“I think we are better every month, better and better, we are improving,” noted the striker.
“It was one of the targets of the coach to concede less goals, even if this season we concede many goals, away as well he wanted us to keep a clean sheet. We did it and he wants us to do it again.”