Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes his team can beat north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to fourth place in the Champions League qualifying race.
The Gunners bounced back from Tottenham’s win against Leicester with a hard-fought victory over West Ham.
Spurs briefly overtook Arsenal after Antonio Conte’s side defeated Leicester earlier on Sunday, but Arteta’s side rallied with a 2-1 victory over West Ham to finish the weekend in fourth place.
Arsenal leads Tottenham by two points with four games remaining, one of which being a crucial north London derby on May 12 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
What did Arteta have to say regarding Arsenal’s chances in the Champions League?
At London Stadium, Arsenal was far from their best, but goals from center-backs Rob Holding and Gabriel in each half were enough to secure all three points.
It was also enough to ensure a return to some form of continental action next season, though Arteta is gunning for a Champions League position.
“You have to find a method to win,” Mikel Arteta told BBC Sport. “Today we won badly.” “We have to admit that’s how we went about it.”
“We showed amazing character because we had to find a way to play the way they preferred when we couldn’t play the way we wanted.” We were able to adapt. You must always find a way to win – forcing mistakes, being excellent, burrowing in, and keeping clean sheets.
“I’m ecstatic, especially for Rob Holding, who hasn’t gotten the minutes he deserves.” Today, he was the man of the match. When we need him, he’s always there.”
“Let’s see,” the Spaniard replied when asked if the chase for the top four may go all the way. Seven more days to get ready for the match. The stakes are high, but we’ve both won, so let’s go.”
Arsenal and Tottenham race to Championship Spot
Arsenal and Tottenham, both London rivals, won over the weekend, bringing them closer heading into the final few games. Arsenal is presently three points behind Spurs in fourth place, while Spurs is five points behind.
With that said, here’s a look at the two London Club’s pre-season schedules:
Arsenal’s final four Premier League fixtures
Leeds United (H) – May 8
Tottenham (A) – May 12
Newcastle (A) – May 16
Everton (H) – May 22
Tottenham’s final four Premier League fixtures
Liverpool (A) – May 7
Arsenal (H) – May 12
Burnley (H) – May 15
Norwich (A) – May 22