Unai Emery says Champions League qualification is in Arsenal's hands
Last Updated: 23/04/19 5:58pm
Unai Emery says Arsenal's Premier League top-four ambitions are in their own hands as they head to Wolves on Wednesday night.
A home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace on Sunday has left the Gunners on the periphery of the Champions League positions, sitting fifth and a point behind rivals Chelsea.
However, Arsenal have a game in hand over Chelsea, which means Emery's side can guarantee a top-four finish if they win all their remaining games.
"We have it in our hands, said Emery. "At the beginning of the season, after winter, we struggled in the table.
"Our way is not changing. We are in a position with a big possibility of making our first target.
"The key moments are now. Tomorrow is a big moment and a big match for us.
"It is a good moment to show and try to do all we can, but with intelligence, because we need to be clear and we need to be playing with heart but above all being clear in our mind."
Emery, who has also guided Arsenal to a Europa League semi-final meeting with Valencia, is not expecting any favours from Wolves.
"I don't think so," Emery replied when asked if the Wolves players could now be on the beach.
"They are going to push a lot tomorrow. I worked one thing here very quickly - we are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us, fighting and playing with a big motivation.
"One is the motivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation against Arsenal. Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also because it's important to try to win against us."
Emery, who usually offers up a team news update at his pre-match press conference, changed tact ahead of the Wolves game and kept his cards close to his chest.
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