Wolves 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery insists Gunners can still finish in Premier League top four, but admits it’s a ‘difficult target’


Wolves 3-1 Arsenal: Unai Emery insists Gunners can still finish in Premier League top four, but admits it’s a ‘difficult target’

Unai Emery is confident Arsenal can still finish inside the Premier League’s top four, though Wednesday’s defeat by Wolves makes it a ‘difficult task’ for his side.

A 3-1 loss at Molineux leaves the Gunners fifth in the table and a point behind London rivals Chelsea, with three matches remaining, taking the chances of a top four finish out of their hands.

Arsenal’s top four hopes were dealt a real blow on Wednesday

A draw would have been good enough for Arsenal to move back into the last Champions League qualification place, but first-half goals from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota set Wolves on their way to another home defeat of a big six side.

Emery’s side face another testing away game at Leicester on Sunday, hours before Chelsea play Manchester United – whose top four hopes rest on the edge of a knife – at Old Trafford.

“We lost in our hands the opportunity for fourth but we can also recover this opportunity,” said Emery, whose team could also book a place in next season’s Champions League by winning the Europa League.