Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny says Saturday’s slim win over Norwich City was very vital as qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League remains non-negotiable.
Danny Welbeck’s lone strike proved the difference as Arsenal secured a hard-fought win over Norwich City at Emirates Stadium to go third, three points above Manchester City who have a date at Southampton on Sunday.
The Egyptian star who went to getting on the score sheet in his reaction after the the vital win acknowledged the strength and quality of their opponent but was more concerned about the importance of the three points.
“Thank God for the win and the three points, we played very well against hard opponents and winning was the most important thing.
“Everyone knows Petr Cech as one of the best players in the team, where everyone is doing his job and his role is to get the win which was important and may help us fight for second or third place.
“You are playing for second or third place so you have to be cautious, you don’t want to lose any points but thank God, we got the win.” Elneny told the club’s official website.
With the fight for a top-four place nearing its climax, Elneny and his team-mates had to hold on to their slender advantage to take what could be a decisive step in their bid to secure Champions League football next season.