English Premiership

Arsenal not giving up the chase - Xhaka

2017-05-09 11:51
Granit Xhaka (Getty Images)

Arsenal know they need a big slice of luck to finish in the Premier League top four but midfielder Granit Xhaka says the London club have not given up the chase.

Arsenal, who beat Manchester United 2-0 on Sunday, will need fourth-placed Manchester City (69 points, 35 games) or third-placed Liverpool (70 points, 36 games) to slip up in their remaining games if they are to secure a Champions League spot for next season.

They are currently sixth with 63 points from 34 games and can close the gap with a win at Southampton on Wednesday.

Xhaka, who scored the opening goal in Arsenal's win over United, said no one had given up hope.

"We always have hope - hope dies last," Xhaka told British media. "It's up to us, we need some luck along the way, but if we win the next four games, I'm convinced that we can do it.

"This is a phase where we have to win every game, which we know... If we do that, I'm convinced that we can achieve what we want." Xhaka has collected eight yellow cards and one red in his last 15 appearances for the club but the Swiss international said he had no intention of holding back.

"In football you get criticised if you are sent off. It's my style of play and nobody can make me change that," he added.

"But you become cleverer, maybe look more and since my last red card, I think things have improved."

The Gunners will be aiming to close the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City with a win over Southampton on Wednesday evening at the Stadium of Light.

Kick off is at 20:45.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Fixtures
Friday, 28 February 2020
Norwich City v Leicester City, Carrow Road 22:00
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Villa Park 02:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
West Ham United v Southampton, London Stadium 17:00
Newcastle United v Burnley, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Watford v Liverpool, Vicarage Road 19:30
Sunday, 01 March 2020
Manchester City v Arsenal, Etihad Stadium 02:00
Everton v Manchester United, Goodison Park 16:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 16:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

And the 2019/20 English Premiership champions will be ... ?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.