Arsenal players still have the opportunity to qualify to the Champions League, says Emery

Arsenal players still have the opportunity to qualify to the Champions League, says Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery announced Tuesday that his team's hopes of finishing in the Premier League's top four and qualifying for the Champions League are still in their own hands despite losing ground over the weekend.

Arsenal, whowere looking to move up to third over the weekend, now find themselves fifth inthe table after Crystal Palace's 3-2 win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

With fourgames to go this season, Emery's side are a point behind third-placed TottenhamHotspur and fourth-placed Chelsea, although the latter have played a game more.

"We have itin our hands," Emery told reporters ahead of Wednesday's trip to WolverhamptonWanderers. "At the beginning of the season, after winter, we struggled in thetable. We were in a worse position than we are now.

"Our way isnot changing. We are in our way at the end of the season with a big possibilityto take our target. I'm still proud of our season, knowing that the key momentsare now. Tomorrow is a big moment, match and challenge for us."

Emerybrushed aside suggestions that mid-table Wolves, who have nothing to play forthis season, might take their foot off the pedal. The newly-promoted side havean impressive record against the top six teams, picking up 13 points so far.

"They'regoing to push a lot tomorrow," Emery said. "I worked one thing here veryquickly, we are playing against all of the teams and they want to battle us,fighting and playing with a big motivation.

"One is themotivation in the table for each player and one is the motivation againstArsenal. Every team wants to battle us because they respect us and also becauseit's important to try to win against us."

Emery alsorefused to comment on whether midfielder Granit Xhaka would return from a hipinjury but confirmed Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez(groin) would not be available.

"I want tokeep all the information we can have for tomorrow," he said when asked aboutXhaka's possible return. "Sorry. It's because I think it's better for us.

"You knowAaron Ramsey cannot play, Denis Suarez cannot play."

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