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Bernd Leno thinks Arsenal still have enough chances to make a push for the Champions League places, claiming it’s in their hands now.
Leno played a key role in the revitalisation of Arsenal’s Champions League chances when he kept another clean sheet against West Ham at the weekend. The Gunners are now on a run of three wins, sitting eight points off fourth with a game in hand.
Of course, the team might not need to finish fourth this year. With the potential ban for Manchester City, fifth could be enough. Manchester United are fifth, five points ahead, again having played a game more.
It’s not a huge gap, with over a quarter of the season left to play. Leno thinks there are still plenty of chances to close in at the top.
“I think it’s all about us, if it will be realistic or not,” Leno said. “There is still a gap but I think we have ten games left so we have enough opportunities to reduce this gap and go to the Champions League place.
“Maybe fifth is enough, I don’t know, it depends on Manchester City. But I think it’s all in our hands.”
The trouble is that Arsenal have a string of tough games left to play. Manchester City away, Wolves away, Leicester home, Spurs away and Liverpool at home are still to come. Mikel Arteta’s side have to start getting wins in some of those fixtures, at least.
That’s assuming they don’t slip up in the other games. For example, Aston Villa and Watford in the final two games of the season. Both will likely be fighting for their Premier League lives at that point. It won’t be easy.