Emery confident of a top four finish

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal issues instructions during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Unai Emery believes the prospect of clinching a Champions League spot firmly lies in their grasp after overcoming 10-man Watford to break into the top four.

The Gunners made the most of Ben Foster’s mistake after his clearance rebounded off Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the net just 10 minutes into the game.

Tempers flared when Troy Deeney was sent off after he was deemed to have elbowed Lucas Torreira.

Arsenal went on to salvage an important victory despite their awful away form, which sent them to the fourth spot, level on points with Chelsea but with a game in hand.

Unai Emery was not too excited his lads failed to capitalise on the numerical advantage, but getting the three points was all that matters at this stage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: James McArthur of Crystal Palace (18) celebrates as he scores his team's third goal past Bernd Leno of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on April 21, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Emery explains Arsenal selection

The Arsenal coach decided to make seven changes to the team that defeated Napoli in the UEFA Europa League last Thursday.

“Our position in the table is very important,” he told Sky Sports. “It is in our hands, to take the top four.

“We were working to push the goalkeeper when he wanted to play like he was playing. It’s a very good action from Auba.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 15: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal closes down Ben Foster of Watford and scores the winning goal during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019, in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

“I think we can control the match better, and I think it was very important in this position with one player more, to break their lines and to attack the last third better.

“But I think it’s very positive to have all three points.”

Unai Emery’s men would be hoping to wrap up a fine week with a decent result at the Stadio San Paolo when they play Napoli in the return leg of the Europa League quarter-final.