The Gunners are currently fourth in the Premier League table heading into Sunday’s clash at Everton after a run of poor results dented their title hopes. This is an extremely important match for Arsenal as their Champions League qualification will be in serious doubt should the Gunners lose.
The French manager feels that European football is a necessity if the north London club are to attract top players in the summer.
According to the Mirror, he said:
It is much more difficult[to attract players without Champions League football]. It’s the first question you get asked by a player. Liverpool managed to do it because they have long term contracts and they could keep Suarez. If you imagine Liverpool without Suarez, they won’t play for the championship.
What plays a part is the memory that you have done it before, so we know we can do it.
It is (a six-pointer). For us, it’s an opportunity to go up forward and as well an opportunity to make a distance with Everton of course. It’s both.
As I told you after the last game against Man City – we look in front of us and behind us as well. That’s what the game is about on Sunday.
I think we have turned the corner and we have an opportunity to show that against Everton.
The Gunners will face an in-form Everton side at Goodison Park in hope of extending the gap to 7 points, but defeating the Toffees on the road will be no easy task. The North London club have failed to win any of their last three league matches, but following the embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and an unfortunate draw against Swansea, the team responded well with a very good performance against Manchester City.
Arsenal are just four points above Everton, who have a game in hand, meaning the Toffees could make a giants step towards Champions League qualification by winning on Sunday. However, the Gunners away record against the Toffees can give Arsene Wenger reason for optimism, as they are unbeaten in their last six matches at Goodison Park.
Everton are in good form, but I just cannot see them beating the Gunners. Realistically Arsenal only need a draw with the Toffees having the harder fixtures, however a win will mean that we will be the favourites of finishing in the Champions League positions.
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