Unai Emery – Playing in the UCL is our motivation

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has stated that the club’s desire to make the top 4 this season will act as motivation as they seek to return to winning ways in the Premier League against Sean Dyche’s Burnley at the Emirates on Saturday.

The Gunners have failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in the last 2 seasons, and currently, trail Chelsea who sit fourth on the Premier League log by 3 points.

According to Unai Emery in a chat with Sky Sports ahead of the Burnley game, his team’s aim is to finish in the top 4 this season although winning the Europa League is another platform through which qualification to Europe’s elite club competition can be sealed.

He said: “Our results are good but we need more, tactically we need to continue working and improving, but we need time – today the difficulty for us is other teams are getting results and three points every week.

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“I trust in our works and our players, and if we continue improving in our way, and with another victory against Burnley, we can be near the best teams in the Premier League and also our mind is to go to the Champions League.

“There’s two ways, we know it’s very difficult but if we continue to improve and with a big mentality, I think we can and we are going to try to do it.”

Meanwhile, Burnley are struggling this season and are in the bottom 3. Regardless, Emery lauded Sean Dyche for his impact at Turf Moor.

He said: “It’s amazing, small team, small town and they are in the Premier League doing a big thing and playing in the Europa League, they didn’t qualify but it’s very competitive team, with a very clear personality. They implement this game plan very well.

“Last week against Tottenham they lost in the last minute after the match in a very difficult game for Tottenham, and Saturday will be difficult. We need to impose our ideas, but they are very organised and their coach has experience in the Premier League against teams like us.”

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