Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes his team can finish the season by securing a place in next season’s Champions League.
Following the Gunners’ 1-2 win away to Huddersfield on Saturday, the boss spoke about the team’s chances of playing in Europe’s elite club competition in 2019/20, something club chairman Sir Chips Keswick revealed to be of absolute priority as far as the goals of the season are concerned.
Alex Iwobi opened the scoring in the 16th minute with his well-controlled volley picking up a kind deflection and catching Ben Hamer in Huddersfield goal on the wrong foot, Alexandre Lacazette finished off a nice team move and doubled the lead just before halftime, and Sead Kolašinac gave the Terriers a brief hope with a clumsy last-minute own-goal.
Arsenal currently sit in sixth place, level on points with Chelsea in fifth who play away to champions Manchester City on Sunday, and one point behind Manchester United whose impressive resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has brought them into this contest again.
Emery believes achieving a top-four finish will be hard, but not impossible. After 26 games the fourth place is just one point away, and that gives the Arsenal manager and his players special motivation. Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur seem unassailable at the moment, but there are still 12 games to be played and it’s certainly good to hear that the team are motivated to give their all.
Emery is happy. He is happy with the win, but he is also happy with the effort his players are putting in on a daily basis. As far as this particular game goes, the boss is proud that every player worked hard and worked well, always helping each other.
On a slightly sobering note, the performance was not exactly impressive. The Gunners did not create a lot and it’s becoming a recurring problem. Fortunately, however, they were efficient enough to score twice and take the very important points back north London.