Unai Emery agrees that Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through the Premier League will be over if they lost against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Arsenal's manager continues to complain of a 1-0 defeat at West Ham last Saturday – his team's third defeat in six league games – and = created what looks like a showdown. Another reverse could leave Arsenal nine points from the first four by the end of the weekend, with Tottenham playing at Fulham on Sunday.
Arsenal remains alive in the Europa League, where he was attracted to Bate Borisov in the last 32 of next month. The winners of the competition are rewarded with a place in the next season of the Champions League.
Emery was asked if nine points in the first four would have been too many. "I think so," he replied. "After the loss of West Ham, it is a big difference to be six points behind Chelsea rather than three points." The opportunity we now have against Chelsea is not the same, but if we win, we have the opportunity. to be closer to them ".
Emery knows where Chelsea's main threat will come from. When he was at Paris St-Germain, the French club was tied to a move for Eden Hazard and Emery puts Chelsea's wing among the best in the game.
"With a player like Hazard, usually all the big teams in the world will think about trying to sign them," Emery said. "He is among the top five players in the world, he made a difference in many games."
Emery has changed between back and back systems and believes that he shows a wealth in his options. "I think the best chance for us when we can not control the game as we want is to use three power stations sometimes," he said. "But at other times, we have to play with full backs because we have to control a different situation, with more players in midfield."