Unai Emery has admitted that a top-four finish is looking “very difficult” for Arsenal after their 3-0 loss to Leicester City on Sunday.
The north London side slumped to their third straight defeat in the Premier League on Sunday at the King Power Stadium to suffer another blow to their hopes of Champions League qualification.
Arsenal currently find themselves in fifth place in the Premier League table and two points behind Chelsea FC with just two games left to play this season.
The Gunners have lost four of their last five games to endure a dreadful run of form in a crucial part of the season.
The north Londoners still harbour hopes of winning the Europa League this season and booking their place in the Champions League for next term via that route.
Emery’s men will take on Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash on Thursday night, and the Gunners boss has now admitted that his side are fully focused on that game.
Speaking at his post-match news conference on Sunday, Emery said: “We are going to think about Valencia in the Europa League.
“We have a big ambition in this competition. It’s a semi-final and it’s going to be difficult also. Then we play on Sunday against Brighton, and we need to win this match.
“At the beginning of the season we knew it was going to be very difficult, and today it’s the same.
“Our confidence can go up, can go down. But the most important is to be clear in our minds and our way. Our way is to think of this semi-final and prepare for the match in the best possible way.”
Arsenal have finished outside of the top four places in the Premier League for the last two seasons running.
Their next Premier League game is a home clash against Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
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