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Could we still make the top four this season?

Many people have already written off our chances of making the top four this season - but what about Mikel Arteta?

After beating Leicester on Sunday, we're eight points off fourth-placed West Ham but entering a crucial period in the season. So how does our manager see our position?

"Well the aim is to go on and beat Burnley," Arteta said. "We have been chasing [a top-four place] for a while but it is not in our hands, the only thing we can control is our own results and performances. We are fully determined to do that better than what we have done in the past eight months.

"Of course there is [talk among the players of the top four] because that's the aim and that is where we want to take the club back to. We've been out of it for the last few seasons but our eyes are always there.

"It's true that it doesn't depend on us and when that happens we have to rely on other people and that's never good so we've got to do what we have to do first. Then, I'm sure if we do what we have to do, we'll be in a much better position to see where we are with the last four or five games.

"I think the option to be in Europe [next season] is still available through two different paths and we have to maximise that as much as possible because the club's history is not just related to the Europa League in recent years but the Champions League and obviously anything that is not at that level is disappointing."

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