Sokratis Papastathopoulos believes Arsenal could still clinch a Champions League ticket if they win their remaining three Premier League matches.
The Gunners’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League diminished significantly following their 3-1 defeat to Wolves leaving them a point behind Chelsea.
Unai Emery’s side have an abysmal away record and two of their remaining games are against Leicester and Burnley with struggling Brighton at home.
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Sokratis, who scored in the loss at Molineux, thinks taking the maximum nine points from those fixtures is within the Gunners’ capabilities.
“We have to look at the next three games where we need to win all three to get nine points,” he told the club’s official website.
“We’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust my team 100 per cent, all of the players. I think we can do it.
“We know that we didn’t play well but we now have three chances and we have to win all the games.
“Of course (we get angry). The players want to play in the Champions League, we like winning and we want to be there. It’s not easy.
"It’s not time to find excuses. We have to look at the next three games where we need to win all three to get nine points. We’ll see if we can be in the top four. I trust my team 100 per cent, all of the players. I think we can do it."@SokratisPapa5 💬 pic.twitter.com/1uBxBEw2Ss
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“We look towards the next game (at Leicester). It’s a difficult game. We know that now the chance could go, so we have to take the three points in all three games. I hope that we win on Sunday.”
Arsenal fans would be hoping they return to the Champions League either via the League route or by winning the Europa League trophy.