Top four not easy - Emery
Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants a top-four finish in the Premier League this season - but knows it won't be easy.
Despite moving into third place in the Premier League on Monday night following their home win over Newcastle, the race for a top-four spot is far from over.
Arch-rivals Tottenham could leapfrog them back into third spot on Wednesday with a win over Crystal Palace after Manchester United missed their opportunity to do the same on Tuesday when they lost at Wolves.
The top two places in the Premier League will be taken by Manchester City and Liverpool but then there are four clubs pushing for two spots and guaranteed Champions League football next season.
The Gunners are on a great run of form at home, where they have only lost once all season in the league - an opening-day defeat to Manchester City - but away things are not so great and coach Emery knows they will have to improve to stay in the vital Champions League places.
"Our target is very clear," the Spaniard said. "It's going to be very difficult but step-by-step we've started to rise up the table after the first two matches in the Premier League, when we lost against Manchester City and Chelsea.
"We are improving and now we are third. But we know it is going to be difficult for us because our opposition is big opposition and it is going to be very tough for us.
"We need to convince people that we can be consistent away. Our challenge is away because we are going to play five matches away in the last seven matches.
"Our challenge is to be as consistent away as we are at home."
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Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.