Jens Lehmann discusses whether Arsenal can finish in the top four

The former Gunners goalkeeper believes Arsenal fans can remain optimistic about the chances of their club regaining Champions League football this season

Jens Lehmann has refused to discount Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top four this season despite Sunday’s defeat by Manchester City.

The Gunners lost 2-0 in new boss Unai Emery’s first game in charge since taking over from Arsene Wenger, who departed after 22 years at the club.

Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions league in successive seasons under Wenger following their sixth-placed finish last term.

But Lehmann thinks there are reasons to believe this can be reversed at the first time of asking.

Asked about his opinions on the matter, Lehamnn told Sky Sports: “Optimistically I would say yes.

“Sunday showed something different. There are still positive signs.”

Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea FC on Saturday in what is an uncompromising start to Emery’s reign, and a poor performance against Man City has dampened the buzz around the new manager.

However, neither the City game or the Chelsea derby will really show how Arsenal will operate under Emery, as he begins the mammoth task of reshaping habits and traditions formed over two decades under Wenger.

Lehmann’s optimism is a breath of fresh air for the club who have become used to heavy criticism.

However, whether this optimism will come to fruition for the North London club remains to be seen.

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