Szczesny still confident of Arsenal top four finish

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny insists that their attempt to finish in the top four this season has not been derailed by their loss to Manchester United, reports the London Evening Standard.

The Gunners appear to be facing the genuine prospect of missing out on Champion’s League football next season, as they now sit five points adrift of fourth place Chelsea. The loss follows defeats to Fulham and Swansea; the last time Arsenal lost three Premier League games in a row was in April 2007. However, Szczesny insists there is still time for the team to turn their fortunes around.

“This club should be in the Champions League year in, year out, so I understand the manager’s point – but I am confident we will pick ourselves up. We will win games, and we will get our position in the Champions League. I’m still confident we can do it.”

Robin Van Persie has been the team’s lynchpin this season, and he scored again in Sunday’s loss; Szczesny believes the Netherlands international’s form is vital for the Champions League push. “Having a leader like Robin helps the team – but it’s not only him, I think the whole team are good enough to go on and finish in the top four. Yes, we have had a few poor results – but it is all about working hard and staying positive.”

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Szczesny still confident of Arsenal top four finish

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is convinced that his side are still confident of securing a top four finish this season, arsenal.com reports.

Arsene Wenger’s side have let leads slip at Fulham and Swansea City in their last two games and have lost ground on the top four with their defeats. Arsenal are four points behind fourth placed Chelsea, but the Polish goalkeeper expects a turnaround in Gunners fortunes soon. Szczesny has been a consistent performer for the Gunners this season and is expecting his side to keep up the challenge for the top four.

Szczesny said: ‘I am confident we will get into the top four. We don’t deserve to be outside the top four. We should be challenging for trophies every year and I believe the results will pick up and we will at least finish in the top four, because we have the quality in the squad to succeed.’

At the same time, the Polish goalkeeper is still mystified at how the Gunners have faltered on the road. Szczesny paid credit to Swansea, but hopes that his side will have to come up with an answer and get back to winning ways. Arsenal face Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium this weekend and will want to win to close the gap on the Premier League champions, who sit in second place.

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