Arsenal manager Unai Emery has urged for patience from the club’s supporters as he looks to transform the side into one of the world’s best. The north London giants have recently stumbled in their top-four pursuit with back-to-back losses against Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers and they are now dependent on Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea dropping points for them to make the top four.
Speaking in a press conference, Emery highlighted that he has the ambition of helping the Gunners to return to their glory days but that will be a long-term process with the elite teams around them, he said: “We want to get with this club to point where we the best club in England and the world. But it is a long process. Sometimes, like today, we need to talk about patience. We want to play in the Champions League but also we know our process needs to be with patience because there are another five very strong teams with very good players and very big performances.”
The north London club are currently one point behind Chelsea in the race for the fourth spot but they still hold the chance of making up the deficit. Unai Emery’s side are scheduled to face Leicester City on the road this weekend and they could leapfrog to the fourth spot with a positive result, provided the Blues drop points against Manchester United on the road.
However, their failure to get anything from the Leicester game combined with a Chelsea triumph could end their top-four prospects. Nonetheless, they can qualify for the Champions League by winning the Europa League title, but the same remains tricky. The Gunners need to beat Valencia at the semi-final stage first before facing either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt in the competition’s final. The Capital outfit bowed out at the semi-final stage last year.