Arsenal head coach Unai Emery believes it is “more difficult” for the Gunners to qualify for the Champions League after a shocking 1-0 Premier League loss to West Ham on Saturday.
The North-London side was beaten by Declan Rice registering his first Premier League goal for the Hammers and Arsenal have now secure just four points from their last four Premier League games.
Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge moved the Blues six points clear of London rivals Arsenal in the race for a top-four and Champions League qualification. Meanwhile, in-form Manchester United, are level on point with Arsenal subsequent of keeping up their 100 per cent record under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Sunday’s 1-0 win against Tottenham at Wembley.
Emery acknowledges it will be difficult to steer his sloppy side back into the Champions League, the club having missed out the competition in two consecutive seasons.
“Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters.
“I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.
“Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.
“The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.”
Away form has been a particular headache for Emery, his side having failed to win any of their past five matches on the road in the Premier League.
“It’s our challenge. Each match is our challenge away,” said the Spaniard.
“We are working on that. It’s also the opposition team.
“Like here [at West Ham], for example, they are with their supporters they feel good and strong and can push. We need to take more confidence, more performance collectively, being competitive away to change this moment. We started the season away well, being competitive and winning.
“And then sometimes we are doing but like today [Saturday] we need to do more to be more competitive and to impose our idea and our quality. Today West Ham also have very big players.”
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