An “angry” Arsenal manager Unai Emery confessed his frustration in their 3-1 defeat to Wolves, but refused to write off the club’s top-four hopes.
A tired-looking Gunners fell to a second successive defeat on Wednesday night at Molineux. Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota all scored for Wolves, while Sokratis’ late header proved nothing more than a mere consolation for Arsenal.
Therefore, Emery’s side remain in fifth and a point behind fourth-place Chelsea in the Premier League. North London rivals Tottenham are a further three points ahead in third.
With just three matches left, however, Arsenal’s top-four hopes are now out of their hands. And a frustrated Emery wants a reaction from his players for Sunday’s must-win trip to Leicester City.
“I usually am very disciplined with myself [but] I am angry with myself,” Emery said on Arsenal.com.
“We didn’t do the gameplan like I wanted. I am not angry with the players, I am angry with myself.
“My idea and my style is to look in front and find a solution. Not to find who the player is who is playing worse or why they are not doing all we spoke about before.
“First I find the solution. The solution for me [now] is to think about Sunday and take the possibility on Sunday to come back with our best performance and our best competitive team for the possibility to take the three points.
“When we win, we win together, and when we lose, we lose together. In general, I think we are with the possibility to be in the top four and today we lost having it in our hands.
“[We need to] continue and I want to tell the players and the supporters to continue and take the opportunity on Sunday.”
Another way for Arsenal to end their two-season absence from the Champions League is winning the Europa League.
The north Londoners will take on Emery’s old club Valencia in the semi-finals of the competition.