Arsenal’s Leno targeting a top-four spot
Ahead of Huddersfield trip, goalkeeper says Gunners need more wins on the road
07 February, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Bernd Leno: ‘I think we are still in a good position to go to the top four’
GOALKEEPER Bernd Leno has stumbled upon the worst-kept secret in football after declaring that Arsenal “need more wins” if they are going to climb back up the table.
The 26-year-old was picking the ball out of his net within a minute of the kick-off at Manchester City on Sunday, in a game that the Gunners went on to lose 3-1 after Sergio Aguero helped himself to a hat-trick. It’s a result that leaves them sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, and a point behind a Manchester United side who, under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have suddenly rediscovered their pomp.
Arsenal play away again this Saturday when they travel to bottom-placed Huddersfield. And Leno is confident that if they can display the same form on the road as they do at the Emirates Stadium, a Champions League qualification place is still very much within their grasp.
Searching for that fine line between stating the obvious and finding some crumb of consolation for the defeat at City, Leno said: “I think the game on Sunday started very badly, with a goal. And it ended with a goal for Man City. I think in the first half we played very good but we conceded two easy goals. We fought until the end but City did a very good job.
“I think we are still in a good position to go to the top four. At home we play very good. We win many games at home, but I think to go into the top four again we need more away wins.”
Leno’s team-mate, Lucas Torreira, also believes that the north Londoners still have time to show their top-four credentials – providing they “turn the page as quickly as possible” following the defeat against Manchester City.
“We know there are other teams around us fighting for fourth and it’s going to be an intense battle for the Champions League spots, but there’s a long way to go,” he said. “We’ve got a great group, very united, and I just think we want to try to improve as much as possible.
“Manchester United have now overtaken us. This is football, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. There’s a long way to go in the Premier League, we’re up there fighting and we want to try to achieve the best finish possible.”