For Arsenal football club, This is a key week, one which began on apositive note in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Southampton. The win sent them back into pole position in the race for fourth place, and Champions League football as Manchester United played out a stalemate with Liverpool.
Arsenal being in the top four, is happening only the third time since late October, and the boost of another win on what is widely considered a fragile group of players could be significant ahead of their north London derby at Tottenham on Saturday. Emery, however, is refusing to focus on the derby for now, as he is only focused on tonight’s clash.
Emery was Asked if he had a specific target points total, the Spaniard said No. He said he isn’t because, when he compared last season total with 53 points we they have now, theywould be certain to make the top four. He said Arsenal making the top four depends solely on this season’s performance. Although he admits it is difficult, and he needs all his players to be at their best have a clearfocus.
Comparing the current standings to that of last season, after 27 games Chelsea occupied fourth place with the same 53 points arsenal have now. And he Blues were ahead of Tottenham who were in fifth place by just a point. The same scenario as the Gunners and United presently.
Liverpool sealed fourth place last season with 75 points and a similar total could be required again. This would demand a level of consistency that the Gunners have not looked capable of since their 22-game unbeaten run was ended by Southampton in December.