Bernd Leno gives honest assessment of Arsenal’s season and makes Champions League qualification prediction

The Gunners are down in 10th in the table
The Gunners are down in 10th in the table (Picture: Getty Images)

Bernd Leno has given an honest verdict on Arsenal’s season so far and feels it will be ‘very, very difficult’ for his side to qualify for the Champions League.

The Gunners’ tally of 14 points from their opening 14 Premier League games marked their worst start to a top-flight campaign since the 1974/75 season.

Mikel Arteta’s side were languishing in 15th place in the table in December until an improved run of form in the winter period inspired by their youngsters saw them stop the rot.

Arteta's side have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League
Arteta’s side have one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League (Picture: Getty Images)

Last weekend’s crunch 2-1 victory over north London rivals Tottenham moved the Gunners to within 10 points of the top four with a game in hand to play.

Arsenal have another route to Champions League qualification via the Europa League and they find themselves in a strong position to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the competition after winning the away leg of their last-16 tie against Olympiacos 3-1.

But Leno sees his side recovering their Champions League status as an unlikely possibility due to their inconsistency.

‘We are completely lacking the consistency,’ Leno told Kicker.

‘In autumn we had big problems, a bad atmosphere… and we turned the corner.

‘Now we’re at least getting a taste of the Europa League again. The Champions League will be very, very difficult.’

The Gunners remain in 10th place in the table after 28 games but Arteta has insisted his team are up for a ‘fight’ to climb up the standings.

‘Hopefully, it will increase the level of confidence of the team and the belief that we can play really well against any opponent, we can beat big teams as well and just maintain everybody together with a big belief,’ said the Spaniard after the Tottenham victory.

‘We know we have to put four or five wins together in a row to give ourselves any chance of looking up in the table, but we are ready for a fight.’

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