Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has admitted that the Gunners' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League is currently hanging on a thread. While addressing the press ahead of the big clash against West Ham on Sunday, Arteta admitted that Thomas Partey's absence has affected the team performance.
Despite wins against Chelsea and Manchester United, the Gunners still have huge challenge coming ahead. Arsenal have five games to the end of the season and will have to play against Tottenham Hotspur in the North London Derby. A game that will decide the fate of Arsenal in the qualification for the Champions League next season.
The Gunners are currently on top of Spurs with two points as Arsenal are in the fourth position. However, a win by either side could decide who qualifies for the top European competition. Absence of Partey is crucial for Arsenal who want to play in the Champions League next season, this means that the Gunners will have to work extra hard especially in the midfield to guarantee a place in top four.
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