Unai Emery says Arsenal will do everything they can to beat relegation-threatened Brighton on Sunday to give us a fighting chance of qualifying for the Champions League with a top four finish on the final day of the season.
After last week’s trio of defeats to Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester, we know that our fate is now out of our hands, however, after a topsy-turvy few weeks that have seen Sp*rs, Chelsea and Manchester United also drop points, the Spaniard isn’t giving up hope just yet.
“We need to win the next match and if we win against Brighton we are going to the last match against Burnley with the possibility to be in the top four,” he said after the Europa League semi-final first leg win over Valencia.
“It’s not in our hands, but we need to win our matches and the first is Sunday.
“It’s not easy to win each match – for us and for other teams – but the focus for us is to win against Brighton for different situations.
“We are going to play the last match at home. We are going the play the last match with Petr Cech, with Aaron Ramsey and also I think we want to finish at the Emirates with a victory.
“The first objective is to finish in the top four and it will give us the chance.”
He added: “I think we need to be very demanding, but sometimes with calm. We want to be in the CL and it’s first objective for us.
“We have the possibility in two ways. One is through the Premier League and the other is the Europa League. We are now fighting for the top four but we are with Tottenham who have some advantage, Chelsea and also Manchester United – very big teams and that’s giving us difficulty.”
Brighton could be safe by Saturday evening depending on Cardiff’s game with Palace but that’s won’t be any reason for us to feel cocky. Last week’s calamitous clusterfuck didn’t exactly come against sides fighting for safety or silverware.