Emery: Arsenal’s Champions League hopes in our own hands

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal tackles Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace 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)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Laurent Koscielny of Arsenal tackles Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace 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)

The Gunners failed to win against Crystal Palace, as they were beaten 3-2, and could drop out of the top four if Chelsea avoid defeat tomorrow.

Arsenal couldn’t get a good result against Crystal Palace, as they were defeated 3-2 in Sunday’s English Premier League fixture.

And if tomorrow Chelsea draws or wins, the Gunners could drop out of the top four in the table.

But manager Unai Emery wants to remind fans that their UEFA Champions League hopes are still in their own hands.

“A big frustration, it was a big opportunity,” Emery told reporters after the game according to Goal.

“But we can say we had a big opportunity in the matches before and we took a lot of points in a lot of key moments that give us the opportunity to be now, in our way, with the possibility to achieve our targets.”

“Our first target is to get to the Champions League through the Premier League or Europa League. We lost a big opportunity but it doesn’t change our idea,” he added.

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MAY 09: Petr Cech of Arsenal looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi Final Second Leg match between Valencia and Arsenal at Estadio Mestalla on May 09, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

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“It’s in our hands, we can continue winning and being in the top four.”

“If we were better in the set-pieces maybe we could win this match,” he said.

“In all the season I think that has been a problem. They have good players and in the set-pieces, we weren’t strong like all season. We struggled more than we wanted in these situations.”

“A day can happen like today. They have very good players and an experienced coach. They won at Manchester City, Newcastle, and Leicester,” Emery concluded.

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