Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists a loss to Chelsea in the Premier League could end the club’s hopes of a top-four finish.
The Gunners host Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening knowing a loss to the Blues could seal their fate in terms of qualification for the UEFA Champions League through the league this season.
Their 1-0 defeat to West Ham United last weekend, left Arsenal 16 points behind league leaders Liverpool and six points behind fourth-place Chelsea.
When asked if a nine-point deficit would be too much to usurp for his team, Emery replied, as quoted by Goal:
“I think yes.”
A positive result against Chelsea will be important for the Arsenal, and Emery is aware of the threat his opponents poses.
“With a player like (Eden) Hazard, usually all of the big teams in the world will think about the possibility of trying to sign them,” Emery said.
“He is in the top five players in the world. He has been the difference in a lot of matches.”
Emery also revealed he has been changing his formation this season depending on game situations.
“I think the best possibility for us when we can’t control the match like we want is to sometimes use three centre-backs,” Emery said.
“But at other moments, we need to play with full-backs because we need to control a different situation, with more players in the midfield.”