Arsenal take one step closer to the Top Four target

Arsenal take one step closer to the Top Four target

Saturday's win was the first for Arsenal away from home in five games and they would be glad to have gotten the crucial three points even though they are still sixth on the log.

Emery's side now have a two-week break from the Premier League as they take on BATE Borisov in the Europa League, but return to domestic action on February 24 when they host Southampton.

"We struggled every minute of the 90", Emery said.

"I think this season we have conceded goals too easily", Leno added. On game 26 we are on our way. He has given youngsters like Joe Willock and Emile Smith-Rowe the chance to shine, but he has surrounded those starlets with enough quality and experience to still win games.

"We still have to believe we can finish in the top four even while knowing it will be hard for us".

Before Saturday's match, Arsenal had held a half-time on only three occasions in the league this season and had won 12 points from losing positions - only Leicester City have more.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also missed last weekend's victory over the Terriers, however he has been included in the squad.

More defensive lapses, though, and Arsenal's hopes of a top-four finish could be in serious danger. "We all want to improve and we can do that by being strong in the defence".

"Our target is clear: to play next year in the Champions League", Emery said. It is evident that getting back to the top tier of European competitions is the Gunners primary target for this season.

The north London side are preparing to travel to Belarus for the first leg of their last 32 clash as they look to try and take a step closer towards reaching the last 16 of Europe's second tier club competition. Matteo Guendouzi has been one of Arsenal's best players in recent weeks but he's played a lot of football lately so Emery may decide to give him a rest with Lucas Torreira keeping his place.

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