Steve Bould replies when asked if Arsenal can finish in top four

The Arsenal assistant manager believes the Gunners have to keep fighting for a top-four finish

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Steve Bould is refusing to rule Arsenal out of the top-four race ahead of Sunday’s clash against Stoke City.

The Gunners are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 13 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

Arsenal have endured a difficult start to 2018 following the north London side’s run of four defeats in their last six Premier League games.

Arsene Wenger’s side ended their three-game losing streak thanks to a 3-0 victory over Watford in their last top-flight fixture before the international break.

Arsenal missed out on a top-four place in the Premier League table after Wenger’s men finished behind Liverpool FC last term.

Bould, who is working as Wenger’s number two, was asked whether Arsenal could still sneak a top-four finish with eight games to go in their season.

The former Arsenal defender replied during his pre-match media conference:

“Look, it’s tough. The manager said it’s tough and of course it’s tough.

“We’re not stupid. But you never know. Winning games is much better than not if we’re going to win a Europa League final.

“To win games now is better for us, so the more games we can win now the better the season becomes and what happens in the end is what happens.”

Arsenal will take on Russian side CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-finals next week.

The Gunners can still secure a Champions League spot in the 2018-19 campaign if Arsenal win the Europa League as Manchester United managed to do last term.

Wenger signed Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.

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