Unai Emery: Manchester United clash will not be definitive in top four battle

Unai Emery says Sunday’s clash with Manchester United is not “definitive” in the Gunners push for a top four spot.

Arsenal go into the match just a point behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated side, who are riding something of wave at the moment after inexplicably scoring victory over Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the week.

Despite the obvious magnitude of the match, however, Emery says the race for the top four will be decided over the course of 38 matches, not just this weekend’s instalment.

He said:

“[There can be] similarities on Sunday because they have similar players, because they are in a good moment like they were then, but we played well, we created chances,” he said.

“We played against a big team and at some moments showed we can fight and battle with them, but we lost and that is the reality. We need on Sunday to do some different tactical and individual work and after find better efficiency against them.

“We need fresh players, players with energy, we need quality, we need good combinations, and we need the players who start on the bench after they can help us on the pitch and deliver a big performance as well.

“It is not a definitive [match]. We are in a way of being consistent, we have 38 matches and Sunday is against Manchester United against a team who also battle for 38 matches and it is important to do it in this moment because this three points are for us or for them.

“I don’t think it is definitive, but we need to show and push on Sunday to take more possibility to finish in the top four.”

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