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Leno: Arsenal 'completely lacking the consistency’ for a UCL spot

Tue 16 March 2021 | 13:26

The stopper insists that they are far from a top-four finish but they could still qualify for the Europa League competition next season.

Bernd Leno

believes that a Champions League qualification

“will be very, very difficult”

for

Arsenal

, but now that the

“bad atmosphere”

has been lifted off from their side, they would still be

“getting a taste of the Europa League”

next year.

Despite their FA Cup win last campaign, Mikel Arteta’s side has been having a rough 2020-21 season, and Leno doubts that they will get a spot on the next year’s top European competition.

"We are completely lacking the consistency,"

Leno told

Kicker

ahead of their Europa clash with

Olympiacos

.

"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."

The Gunners currently sit 10th in the

Premier League

table with 30 points behind the table leaders,

Manchester City

, and 10 points adrift form the fourth placed

Chelsea

.

Arsenal’s recent win, which came against Jose Mourinho’s men, has been called one of their best performances in a while after

Martin Odegaard

and

Alexandre Lacazette

stroke

Tottenham

’s net on two occasions to cancel out

Erik Lamela

's goal.

Leno, who saw his teammates fight for their 2-1 win from the very first minutes of the game as they outperformed the Spurs, hopes this victory will be followed by far greater things.

"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,"

he added.

"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."

Since

Emiliano Martinez

’s big money move to

Aston Villa

, Arteta’s decision to keep faith in Leno despite his constant fitness struggles has been questioned, but the

Germany

international still managed to hold on to his position as Arsenal’s No.1 with 11 clean sheets and 36 appearances this season.

Alongside Leno,

Brighton

’s loanee,

Mat Ryan

, has also been considered to be the Gunners back-up goalkeeper after joining Arteta’s squad back in January.

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