Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno says the target of securing Champions League football next season is extremely difficult for his team.
Arsenal had a poor start to the current campaign as they managed to secure a single victory in ten league matches. Leno says that the team managed to turn their fall around ever since the Boxing Day win against Chelsea, but it is likely not enough to save the season’s primary goal.
Speaking to Kicker podcast, Leno said, "We are completely lacking the consistency."
"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. [To qualify for the] Champions League will be very, very difficult."
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"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."
"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."
The Gunners will take on Olympiacos in the second leg of the Europa League last 16.