Unai Emery still confident of Arsenal Champions League qualification despite Wolves defeat
"Top four is the target, a difficult target, but we have a chance in this competition and also in the Europa League"
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 24/04/19 11:32pm
Unai Emery vowed to continue to fight for Champions League qualification on two fronts after Arsenal's hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League were taken out of their own hands.
Defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night left the Gunners fifth in the table and a point behind London rivals Chelsea, with three matches remaining.
A draw would have been good enough for Arsenal to move back into the last Champions League qualification place, but first-half goals from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota set Wolves on their way to a 3-1 win at Molineux.
Emery's side face another testing away game at Leicester on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event - hours before Chelsea play Manchester United at Old Trafford, also live on Sky Sports.
"We lost in our hands the opportunity for fourth but we can also recover this opportunity," said Emery. "We have lost opportunities in the last two matches, losing to Crystal Palace and here [at Wolves], but the last three matches we play in the Premier League we have opportunities.
"Generally we are now disappointed but we need to look at all the season. We lost this opportunity today but we need to prepare as best as possible for Leicester. Again it is very difficult but hopefully we can take something.
"We will be doing all we can in Leicester on Sunday to take the three points. Top four is the target, a difficult target, but we have a chance in this competition and also in the Europa League."
Arsenal started the match at Molineux strongly but never recovered from Neves' opening goal after 28 minutes and found themselves 3-0 behind at the break.
The Gunners managed to stem the tide in the second half and Sokratis Papastathopoulos headed a reply late on.
Arsenal's remaining fixtures
|Apr 29: Leicester (A) - Live on SSPL|
|May 2: Valencia (H)|
|May 4: Brighton (H) - Live on SSPL|
|May 9: Valencia (A)|
|May 12: Burnley (A)|
Emery said: "We didn't recover quickly enough from their first goal but in the second half we had recovered our game plan and we were better.
"We needed to be more calm and try to impose ourselves on them but they were better than us and were more strong in their game plan."
Arsenal's away woes
Arsenal have won just six times on the road this season and still face tricky trips to Leicesterand Burnley as they look to secure a top-four finish
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