Arsenal could lose ground in the race for the top four after losing 3-2 at home against Crystal Palace.
Unai Emery reminded sceptics that the hopes of the Arsenal Champions League were still in their hands despite the 3-2 loss to Crystal Palace.
Arsenal has succumbed to its first loss in the league since August since Sunday, the soft defence returning to the origin.
With Mesut Ozil cancelling Christian Benteke’s first goal, Palace scored with two goals in eight minutes, making the effort of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a comfort.
The Gunners would be in third place, two points behind Tottenham’s rivals, with a win, but Emery said Arsenal can still decide his fate, even if he misses a huge chance to boost his hopes of qualifying.
“A big frustration was a great opportunity,” he said.
“But we can say that we had a great opportunity in previous matches and that we have taken a lot of points in many key moments that give us the opportunity to be, in our own way, with the opportunity to achieve our goals.
“Our first goal is to reach the Champions League in the Premier League or Europa League. We have lost a great opportunity but that does not change our idea.
“It’s in our hands, we can continue to win and be among the top four.”
Arsenal’s weaknesses came back to haunt Emery again. Palace opened the scoring with a free kick before James McArthur became the winner without a corner kick, while Wilfried Zaha’s goal came from an error by Shkodran Mustafi.
And Emery acknowledged that the obstacles, in particular, were a difficult obstacle for his team to overcome.
“If we were better in the set-set, maybe we could win this game,” he added.
“I think it’s been a problem all season. They have good players and in sets, we have not been strong like the whole season. We had more difficulties than we wanted in these situations.
“A day can happen like today. They won in Manchester City, Newcastle and Leicester.”