Aaron Ramsey has refused to give up on a Premier League top-four finish this season and is hopeful Arsenal can enjoy a positive end to the campaign.
The Gunners have endured a dreadful five days that started with a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup final, a result that heaped further pressure on manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal then welcomed the Citizens to the Emirates on Thursday night for a league encounter and Pep Guardiola’s men ran out 3-0 winners again.
Hopes of a top-four finish are diminishing quickly for the North London outfit, with the gap to fourth-place Chelsea standing at 10 points with 10 games remaining.
The best chance of achieving Champions League football looks to be through winning the Europa League, although last season’s FA Cup winners have been handed a draw against AC Milan in the last-16.
However, Wales international Ramsey is not giving up on fourth position yet and has urged his team-mates to go on a winning run.
“No, [we’re not giving up on the top four] because mathematically it’s still possible,” he told the club’s official website . “There’s 10 games left now so we have to really win every single one of them.
“That’s our target. Hopefully we can finish in the top four with the Europa League trophy as well.”
Arsenal make the trip to Brighton on Sunday and the visitors, who are expected to make changes after their midweek loss, will need to be on top form to come away with the win.
The Seagulls are on a six-game unbeaten run in all competitions and have won four of their last five matches at the AMEX Stadium.
The Gunners, who look set to keep faith with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite his penalty miss against City, won the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier in the season and have not lost against the south coast outfit since 1982.