Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says the Gunners have a top-four finish “in their hands” after the 2-0 win over Man United.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is confident that Arsenal will secure a top-four Premier League finish (Arsenal 5/6 Top 4 Finish) this season after a crucial 2-0 win against Manchester United (5/4) at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners went into the game boosted by north London rivals Tottenham’s (8/13 Top 4 Finish) surprise defeat at Southampton on Saturday, while Chelsea (10/11) were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves earlier on Sunday as the battle for two top-four places looks set to go down to the wire.
However, while Unai Emery’s side had won eight successive home Premier League games since early December, United arrived still unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s interim leadership in the league and boasting a club-record nine straight away wins.
The Red Devils also came into the contest with their tails up after their historic 3-1 Champions League last-16 win at Paris Saint-Germain in midweek which sealed them a quarter-final place on away goals.
However, a mistake from United goalkeeper David De Gea on 12 minutes ensured a hopeful effort from Granit Xhaka put Arsenal ahead, before Aubameyang made amends for his derby penalty miss against Tottenham as he wrapped up the win from the spot on 69 minutes.
The win takes Arsenal into fourth, just one point behind Spurs in third and two points clear of United, while Chelsea sit another point further back in sixth.
And, when quizzed about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish, Aubameyang told Sky Sports: “The spirit of the team was good. We have everything in our hands and we know it will be tough to finish in the top four, but we are confident – it was important to win this game today and we have chances.
“We have a good spirit and we are hungry – we want to come back into the Champions League.”
With the FA Cup quarter-finals next weekend, Chelsea are the only team involved in the top-four battle in action and they can move level with Arsenal with a victory at Everton on Sunday (Everton 3/1, Draw 5/2, Chelsea 10/11 – Match Betting).
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