Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger is optimistic of finishing in the top four following the victory over Manchester United yesterday but admits he needs help from teams to achieve his target.
The day’s results enabled Arsenal to close to within seven points of third-place Liverpool, on whom they have two games in hand, beginning with Wednesday’s trip to Southampton.
“We still have a chance mathematically and we need some help as well from teams around us,” Wenger said.
“I watched the (Liverpool) game and I’ve seen the penalty given by the referee (for a handball by Jack Stephens). It was very nice.”
United are two points above Arsenal in fifth place, having played a game more, and now trail fourth-place Manchester City by four points.
Mourinho made eight changes from Thursday’s 1-0 win over Celta Vigo in the away leg of United’s Europa League semifinal, notably awarding a full debut to 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe.
The tie concludes this Thursday and with United then facing a taxing trip to second-place Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho said his side’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League via the league were over.
“Impossible,” he said when asked about United’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
“I don’t think so, for two reasons. Because I don’t think the others, playing one match per week and being in a great situation, are going to blow it.
“And because we go with everything on Thursday and we cannot go with everything against Tottenham.
“When you go with everything against Tottenham, it’s difficult. When you don’t go with everything, it’s more difficult.
“Then two days later we play Southampton and two days later we play Crystal Palace. And this is too much for us.
“I don’t think we have any chance of finishing top four in the Premier League. We have to chase the Champions League by trying to win the Europa League.”