Arsenal summer signing Lucas Torreira believes that his team”deserve” to be playing Champions League football because of their status.
The Norht London cluyb, who have failed to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition for the past two campaigns, are currently off the pace in the battle for a top-four finish in the English top-tier.
Unai Emery’s side sit sixth on the back of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at defending Premier League champions Manchester City, a point below from Manchester United and three behind Chelsea who are currently on the fourth place.
Uruguay international midfielder Torreira admits his team must improve their recent form if his side wants to finish the season on top four of the Premier League table.
“Just a few weeks ago, (Manchester) United were obviously behind us but it’s happened and it’s something we have to deal with,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sports News.
“We obviously don’t want that form to happen again. As players, you always need to be fighting for an objective when you walk out onto the pitch and for us that means qualifying for the Champions League.
“We know it’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure, because we are up against some great teams such as Chelsea and Manchester United but we need to try and stand firm as a team and as a group and battle in every game.
“The squad is focused on qualifying for the Champions League because a big club like Arsenal deserves to be playing in that competition.”