22 Apr Arsenal news: Unai Emery still optimistic on Gunners’ Champions League hopes
The Gunners failed to capitalise on Man United’s defeat at the hands of Everton and may fall from the top four should Chelsea win or draw on Monday
Unai Emery reminded doubters which Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are still within their hands even though a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Arsenal reacted for their first home league defeat since August on Sunday, using gentle defending again a significant element.
With Mesut Ozil having completed Christian Benteke’s opener, Palace struck back with two goals in the area of eight second-half moments, making Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hit simply a consolation.
The Gunners could have moved to third spot, two points clear of rivals Tottenham, using a triumph, but Emery pointed out that Arsenal can still pick their own destiny despite passing a massive opportunity to improve their qualification hopes.
“A large annoyance, it was a significant chance,” he explained.
“However we could say we had a large opportunity in the games before and we took a great deal of things in a great deal of important moments which give us the chance to become today, in our manner, together with the option to attain our aims.
“Our primary goal is to get into the Champions League throughout the Premier League or Europa League. We lost a major opportunity but it does not alter our thought.
“It is in our handswe could keep on being in the top four.”
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Arsenal’s set-piece frailties back came back to haunt Emery, together with reef starting the scoring by a free-kick before James McArthur led in the winner unmarked in a corner, while Wilfried Zaha’s target came because of an error from Shkodran Mustafi.
And Emery confessed that set-pieces particularly are proving a challenging barrier for his negative to conquer.
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“When we had been better at the set-pieces possibly we can win this game,” he further added.
“In all of the season I believe that was a issue. They have great players and at the set-pieces we weren’t powerful like all year. We fought over we desired in such scenarios.
“A day sometimes happens like now. They have really good players and a seasoned mentor. They won at Manchester City, Newcastle and Leicester.”