Sead Kolasinac says Arsenal are well-placed to deliver on their aim of finishing in the Premier League top four after a solid start to the season.
The Gunners haven’t exactly set the world alight in the opening eight games of the season – we’ve been far too open at the back and shot shy upfront – but a solitary defeat to league leaders Liverpool at least speaks to a vague solidity that bodes well as the fixtures start to come thick and fast.
Unai Emery’s men travel to Bramall Lane this evening knowing a win will see us leapfrog Chelsea and Leicester into third place and in the process open a six-point gap over Sp*rs and an eight-point lead on Manchester United.
Ahead of the showdown with the Blades, Kolasinac, who is predicted to lose his place in the starting lineup to Kieran Tierney, was in bullish mood.
“We have had a solid start and were in third place before the international break, which was our goal for then,” said the left-back. “We need to improve on a few things and we are looking to do that. We are working hard on that.”
“When we are all back, we are a really strong team. It is not only the 11 on the pitch, it is also the people on the bench, the people that are not in the squad, the whole club.”
Kolasinac added: “The Premier League isn’t called the hardest league in the world for nothing.
“It [the race for the top-four] is pretty wide open. For example, Manchester City lost to Wolves before the international break. But we are just going to focus on ourselves and try to work hard to win every game.
“Who knows what will happen at the end of the season? We are still at the beginning now, but we hope to finish in the top four.”
Elsewhere, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, recently voted the division’s player of the month for September, says he’s not burdened by suggestions his goals have carried the Gunners so far this season.
“I feel great,” he told the Premier League when presented with his award. “I’m feeling free on the pitch. I don’t know if it’s the best form of my career but it’s a good one so I will try to keep the level up.
“I’m sure we will achieve the top four. That’s the goal. That’s our aim.”