Bernd Leno gives verdict on Arsenal chances of qualifying for Champions League

Bernd Leno insists Arsenal's Champions League chances are still in their own hands after the Gunners' 1-0 win over West Ham .

Arsenal struggled to break down a resolute West Ham side in their Premier League clash on Saturday, but eventually prevailed thanks to Alexandre Lacazette's late goal.

Despite a third league victory in succession, Mikel Arteta's side are still eight points off fourth-placed Chelsea .

However, a fifth-placed finish will earn a Champions League spot for next season if Manchester City's two-year ban from European football is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Gunners are five points off fifth spot – currently occupied by Manchester United – and have a chance to close to within two points when they visit City on Wednesday.

And Arsenal keeper Leno says his side have everything to play as they move into the final 10 league games of the season.

Following the win over West Ham, Leno said: "It was not our best game but you can see this team is alive and has a good mentality.

“You have these type of days when you don’t play your best game but the result is the most important thing.

“We are happy about our mentality but the manager also said that not everything was perfect.

“We have to work on many things and improve many things. Now we focus on Wednesday against City and not what is in May at the end of the season.”

Arsenal have already missed out on one route into next season's Champions League, having been knocked out of the Europa League on away goals by Olympiacos.

Leno said the players took their last-32 exit badly, but insisted they could still secure a place at Europe's top table through their league position.

“First of all, nobody could sleep very well after that disappointing night," said Leno. "But as a football player you have to look forward.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult. It was very difficult losing to Olympiakos. We are out of this competition, we have to finish with the Europa League.

“This was the mindset from the manager. When it comes to the Champions League, I think it’s all about us, if it will be realistic or not. There is still a gap.

“But we have enough opportunities to reduce this gap and go to the Champions League place.

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