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Kieran Tierney sends Champions League rallying cry to Arsenal team-mates


Arsenal ace Kieran Tierney knows the club ‘belong’ in the top four and believes hitting the target this season will be proof of their good momentum

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Kieran Tierney is on a mission to help Arsenal back into the Champions League for the first time in five years.

The Gunners’ last taste of Europe’s premier cup competition was that 5-1 mauling by Bayern Munich in March 2017.

And Tierney would love to secure the fourth-place finish that would get them there again next season to put his club back where they belong.

He said: “As an Arsenal player, you know the standards of the club and you know what the expectations are.

“But you also know where we’ve been in the last years as well.

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“Fourth place is a good position — it is good progress and it’s something we can build on.

Kieran Tierney has been a huge hit at Arsenal since arriving in 2019

“But it’s something you take game by game. If you go on runs, you don’t know what can happen, good or bad.

“Of course, Arsenal belong in the Champions League and, obviously, in the last few years we haven’t done that, so to do that would great progress for the club.”

The Premier League is now entering its business end.

And Tierney added: “There are games you need to be winning to keep the distance in the table with the teams under you.

“We know it’s going to be tough but these are the months to do it.

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Mikel Arteta knows his side are ready for the break that will follow the Burnley game
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“This is the part of the season where you want to set your eyes on a target and know what you need to do to get there. You need to be winning games.”

The first team they need to see off is Burnley today.

Tierney said: “They always make it a tough, tough game.

“They are always very compact and good at what they do, going forward, crosses into the box from wide.

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“We know we’re going to be up against it against a tough team.”

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta agreed.

He added: “It is always a big challenge to play against Burnley, with the experience we have had with that team.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche would love to cause more problems for Arsenal

“They do what they do really well.

“They put you in a lot of difficulties in a match.

“We are going to have to be really ready to compete and play the game that we want to play against them.”

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After the clash, Arsenal will have 17 days without a game and Arteta and his men, who lost their Carabao Cup semi-final to Liverpool on Thursday 2-0 on aggregate, are ready for a break after a relentless few weeks.

He said: “First of all, we want to play against Burnley because we want to take out the disappointment of Thursday and the best way to do is to play and perform and win.

“After that we have the break and we will use it in the best possible way to get back with the amount of players that we need to compete at this level.”

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