Unai Emery remains upbeat about Arsenal's top-four chances and has told his players they cannot allow Sunday's home loss to Crystal Palace to derail their season.

The Gunners suffered their first Premier League defeat at Emirates Stadium since August when they went down 3-2 to Palace as Emery's side missed the chance to move up to third.

However, their rivals for the Champions League qualification spots also slipped up across the last round of fixtures, with Tottenham beaten by Manchester City, Chelsea held to a 2-2 draw with Burnley and Manchester United thumped 4-0 by Everton.

Arsenal are just a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, with a game in hand at Wolves to come on Wednesday, and Emery is keen to ensure his squad's belief does not waver.

Speaking at a news conference about the Palace result, he said: "We made mistakes that we usually don't make at home.

"They used our mistakes to [punish us] and produce this performance against us. They have good players.

"We can lose and we can win, but I think the team is showing consistency and one exception like Sunday cannot give us doubts or a loss in confidence. We need to continue to be strong in our minds in this moment because we need to be strong, first with our confidence.

"[Finishing in the top four] is in our hands if we win. We want to be intelligent.

"On Sunday, we didn't win but maybe today we can say that one point was important on Sunday. Maybe that can happen in the next matches. We will prepare to win but we can win, draw or lose.

"The first situation for us is in our hands if we win, but then we're going to play difficult matches."

Emery was unusually secretive about the team's injury situation and he was unwilling to reveal if Granit Xhaka would return from the hip injury that kept him out against Palace.

The Gunners' midfield options are already depleted with Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Denis Suarez (groin) sidelined.

"I am not telling you what our idea is with the players, with the system, with the injured players or the first XI," Emery added.

"I want to keep all information to myself for tomorrow. Sorry, I think it's better for us."

Pep Guardiola insists that out-of-favour winger Riyad Mahrez will not be leaving Manchester City at the end of the season.

The former Leicester City favourite has endured a difficult campaign since making a club-record £60million switch to the Etihad Stadium and has made just 13 starts in the Premier League.

He has failed to make it off the substitutes' bench for City's last three games, watching on as Phil Foden – preferred ahead of the Algeria international – scored the only goal in Saturday's vital 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva's outstanding form in wide attacking positions has not helped Mahrez's cause but Guardiola maintains he has no doubts over his quality and expects him to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.

Speaking at a media conference ahead of City's Premier League clash with Manchester United on Wednesday, Guardiola said: "He will be with us next season, and the next one and the next one.

"I don't need to speak to him; he will be here next season. We are delighted with him and the way he has played.

"Riyad is not going to move, he is going to stay here. Everyone knows the competition here, but he is happy and we are happy. It is not necessary to speak with him."

Mahrez has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season for Guardiola's side – 16 of which have been from the bench – and scored 11 goals.

Burnley have made light of the criticism that followed their 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday.

The Clarets secured a valuable point in their bid to play Premier League football again next season with a battling display at Stamford Bridge, although their tactics infuriated the home fans and players.

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton was booked for timewasting after 32 minutes while several of Sean Dyche's players went down requiring treatment in the closing stages as Chelsea chased a winner to boost their own top-four hopes.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off during a second half which culminated in a tunnel melee while Blues defender David Luiz later accused Burnley of playing "anti-football".

Dyche dismissed the accusation, stating "28 points from 16 games: you can't do that with anti-football," while Burnley's official Twitter feed attempted to laugh off the controversy on Tuesday.

Accompanying a picture of a female supporter, they suggested: "Doesn't everyone have an Auntie Football?"

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident he is the right man to get the best out of Manchester United's players, despite a poor run since his appointment as permanent manager.

United slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season on Sunday, losing 4-0 at Everton, and must now try to bounce back when they face Manchester City in a derby clash on Wednesday that could have huge ramifications for the Premier League title race.

Having enjoyed a stellar three months at Old Trafford following his appointment as interim manager in December, Solskjaer was given the job in a permanent capacity on March 28, but United have lost four of the six games since then in all competitions.

The capitulation at Goodison Park followed a Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona, with Solskjaer apologising to United's travelling support on behalf of his players.

But the former Molde boss believes that he is the right choice to lead United forward, even if the squad will need altering in the close season.

"I would like to think so," Solskjaer told a news conference when asked if he could improve United's players. 

"I like all these boys, I love them, but I've got to manage for the club and I'm managing the club and the players and I've got to put all my effort into making sure we do what is right for the club.

"Of course, you learn about players and now is not the time to talk about making wholesale changes in the squad that's been doing so great, City and Liverpool have taken more points than us in the last 18 games and that's it.

"We really gave it a go, and you can see loads of United standards, the DNA in these players. 

"You have to get players in and some players will go out. There's always a crisis at United whenever you lose a game or two, but the boys have done fantastic, we don't enjoy losing games, we've lost three out of the last five league games, that's a bit too many but that's football.

"You see Chelsea-Burnley, Arsenal-Palace but the way we lost at Everton that was the lowest we have been and was the worst performance."

Solskjaer was scathing of his side on Sunday, but has not lost belief in his squad, accepting that he is just as responsible for United's form as his players are.

"We focus on Wednesday and I'm sure we'll get a response," Solskjaer added.

"You don't punish them as in run up to the mountains and back. We believe in them, these players know they let themselves down as individual, as a team, me as well.

"I'm in charge and I'm the one giving instructions how we're going to play and it's my duty to get them performing better than that and I'm sure we'll get a response."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has lit the blue touch paper ahead of Wednesday's derby by saying Manchester City "snap at your ankles and kick you".

Pep Guardiola's title-chasing City side visit Manchester United knowing three points would take them back above Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table and put them in pole position to retain the title with three games to go.

Yet United are also desperate for the win having slipped to sixth in the table following a rotten run of results since their improbable Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the start of March.

And Solskjaer, whose team have lost six of their past eight games in all competitions, has followed the lead of his predecessor Jose Mourinho by indulging in some mind games prior to the City clash.

"We've got to be ready for the press, for their pressing because they've got quality on the ball," Solskjaer told reporters at a news conference.

"We've got to defend well. When we win it, we've got to be ready for their aggression, they will snap at your ankles and heels and kick you.

"They are not going to allow us easy counter attacking. There will be fouls, absolutely no doubt about it, because when you watch them games they commit so many players forward.

"They will be stopping us as high as they can, I think."

The desire of United's players was questioned after Sunday's 4-0 thrashing at Everton.

Solskjaer revealed that his squad held talks following that drubbing and insists the visit of City is the ideal chance for them to show a response at Old Trafford.

"That's the best game we could ask for now, with players hurt, as they were definitely were," he added.

"We had a meeting after the [Everton] game and you can see all the players are definitely, definitely disappointed, but really, really hurt by that performance.

"The City game is the perfect one, there's no hiding place on the pitch.

"Our fans will back you whatever result there will be as long as you give that effort. Against a City side that's been very, very good, we have got to turn up."

Raheem Sterling believes football chiefs are doing "nowhere near enough" to tackle racism and has called for radical changes.

Manchester City forward Sterling has been a victim of alleged racist abuse several times this season, while in action for his club and on international duty with England.

The 24-year-old has received plaudits for his stand against racism, while players and football clubs boycotted social media for a 24-hour period to protest online abuse on Friday.

Sterling's England team-mate Danny Rose has been another high-profile recipient of abuse, with the Tottenham defender saying he is looking forward to retirement due to the authorities' failure to act. 

In Italy, Juventus youngster Moise Kean was subject to alleged racist chanting in a Serie A match against Cagliari.

And writing in The Times, who have released a manifesto calling for changes to be made throughout football in order to fight racism, Sterling insists the current efforts to eradicate the issue are not up to scratch.

"When I was a boy growing up in London, I didn't know what racist abuse was because I never suffered any," Sterling wrote.

"So it seems crazy that, in 2019, I feel the need to write a piece in a newspaper calling for radical changes to the game that I love. But I do because the racism problem in football is so bad, runs so deep and is nowhere near being sorted.

"You will all have read about the various high-profile racist incidents in recent months: the abuse I received playing for Manchester City away to Chelsea; the booing that the black England players were subjected to in Montenegro; the nastiness that Moise Kean of Juventus endured in Italy and the endless insults thrown at players on social media.

"But that is sadly just the tip of the iceberg. Up and down the game, across the world, black and Asian players, fans and coaches are subjected to racism. Every day, from park football to the Champions League.

"In my opinion, the people who run the game are doing nowhere near enough to solve the problem. And that's not good enough."

Discussing the manifesto, Sterling put forward his ideas, adding: "I'd call for an automatic nine-point deduction for racist abuse.

"It sounds harsh but which fan will risk racist behaviour if it might relegate their team or ruin their title bid?

"The club should have to play three games behind closed doors. That way, they lose revenue as a direct consequence of racist behaviour.

"I don't know how long it'll take for things to change but we have to start now. I don't want the next generation of black players to have to put up with this evil."

Wilfried Zaha has the quality to succeed at the highest level, according to Scott Dann, who would understand if his Crystal Palace team-mate wished to leave Selhurst Park.

Zaha starred for Palace against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring the Eagles' second goal in a 3-2 victory at Emirates Stadium.

That performance followed Zaha's acknowledgement that he might have to leave Palace to further his career, with the Ivory Coast international stating that he is "too ambitious" not to play for a big club and compete for major honours.

Roy Hodgson claimed after Sunday's victory that the club have no intentions to sell their star man, while Zaha insisted he remains fully focused on Palace, but Dann understands his team-mate's desire to test himself at a higher level.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level," Dann told the Evening Standard.

"He has not said anything untoward. He is striving to be the best he can be and if that means he has to move on at some stage then that is the way it goes.

"When you have got that type of quality, there is no doubt there are teams who are going to be looking at him.

"But we know, because of the way he trains and the way, that it will not change his performance as long as he is here. He will keep performing like he did against Arsenal. When he is like that, he is unplayable.

"There are not many out there who can do what he can do. He has got the qualities to play at the very top."

Zaha, who has scored nine Premier League goals this term, signed a long-term deal with Palace in August, and Dann added that should the 26-year-old leave, it will only be for a bumper transfer fee.

"Of course we would not want to lose him, but if something happens in the summer and he goes then I am sure it will be in the right way," said Dann.

"And he is not going to go on the cheap, that is for sure."

Palace sit 12th with three games to play and welcome Everton to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Wilfried Zaha has the quality to succeed at the highest level, according to Scott Dann, who would understand if his Crystal Palace team-mate wished to leave Selhurst Park.

Zaha starred for Palace against Arsenal on Sunday, scoring the Eagles' second goal in a 3-2 victory at Emirates Stadium.

That performance followed Zaha's acknowledgement that he might have to leave Palace to further his career, with the Ivory Coast international stating that he is "too ambitious" not to play for a big club and compete for major honours.

Roy Hodgson claimed after Sunday's victory that the club have no intentions to sell their star man, while Zaha insisted he remains fully focused on Palace, but Dann understands his team-mate's desire to test himself at a higher level.

"Every player wants to play at the highest level," Dann told the Evening Standard.

"He has not said anything untoward. He is striving to be the best he can be and if that means he has to move on at some stage then that is the way it goes.

"When you have got that type of quality, there is no doubt there are teams who are going to be looking at him.

"But we know, because of the way he trains and the way, that it will not change his performance as long as he is here. He will keep performing like he did against Arsenal. When he is like that, he is unplayable.

"There are not many out there who can do what he can do. He has got the qualities to play at the very top."

Zaha, who has scored nine Premier League goals this term, signed a long-term deal with Palace in August, and Dann added that should the 26-year-old leave, it will only be for a bumper transfer fee.

"Of course we would not want to lose him, but if something happens in the summer and he goes then I am sure it will be in the right way," said Dann.

"And he is not going to go on the cheap, that is for sure."

Palace sit 12th with three games to play and welcome Everton to Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Chelsea must consider their 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Monday as an opportunity missed in their pursuit of Champions League qualification, according to Gianfranco Zola.

The Blues would have moved into third place in the Premier League had they won at Stamford Bridge, but Maurizio Sarri's side were frustrated by the Clarets – whose tactics were branded as "anti-football" by David Luiz.

Tempers were frayed towards the end, with Sarri sent to the stands just prior to the whistle before Antonio Rudiger, who did not feature for Chelsea, seemed to be involved in a touchline fracas with a member of Sean Dyche's coaching staff.

And assistant coach Zola, who took over Sarri's post-match media duties, acknowledged that Chelsea - who are fourth, level on points with Tottenham – squandered a big chance.

"Certainly, with three points it would have been a different story," he said.

"We still gain a point on the other teams, and we'll not give up until the end. We tried everything on the pitch."

Burnley took the lead against the run of play thanks to a fine Jeff Hendrick volley, though the hosts quickly responded when Eden Hazard teed up N'Golo Kante, who later went off injured.

Gonzalo Higuain completed the turnaround two minutes later, only for Ashley Barnes to equalise soon after, but rather than criticise Chelsea's defence, Zola believes the Blues must instead focus on improving their attacking play.

"We tried everything. It's not that we played badly. We created chances, but it's not easy to score," added Zola.

"Maybe we should have done something more in the second half in their box, more effective and more precise, but the desire to win was there until the end.

"There was quality in the first half, but we couldn't get the rhythm going in the second half and breaking down a team like Burnley is difficult."

Robbie Fowler cannot see Manchester United denying City in their derby clash in their current form, but the Liverpool great is hopeful.

Liverpool are hoping for a favour from their rivals, with Jurgen Klopp's men two points clear atop the Premier League but with Manchester City holding a game in hand.

United go into Wednesday's derby at Old Trafford on the back of six losses in their past eight games, including a 4-0 thrashing at Everton.

Fowler, appointed coach of A-League club Brisbane Roar on Tuesday, said it was hard to see United turning their form around.

"I think obviously everyone knows my allegiances are massively with Liverpool and I think if we're being totally honest it's going to be tough for them because you feel as though Manchester City can beat anyone on their day," he told a news conference.

"They've got four games to play and obviously they're four winnable games.

"So, to use a little bit of mind management if you like, I think Manchester United need to pull off a big favour for Liverpool.

"I think the way they're playing at the minute, you can't see it happening, but stranger things have happened."

United are chasing a Champions League qualification place, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of the derby.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche dismissed suggestions his team was "anti-football" after earning a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday.

Jeff Hendrick and Ashley Barnes scored either side of goals from N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain for Chelsea during an entertaining first half at Stamford Bridge.

Burnley held on for a point in their fight for Premier League survival before Chelsea defender David Luiz accused them of being "anti-football".

But Dyche rubbished David Luiz's suggestions, saying his team had already proven otherwise this season.

"Well, for a £58 million wage bill, making the most of the players to find a way to get 40 points in the Premier League, I'm pretty pleased to be fair," he said in a news conference.

"Twenty eight points from 16 games: you can't do that with anti-football. You have to play some football to get that many points.

"We're in a super strong position, but you work on facts. We know it's a big marker – 40 points – but we have to see it through."

The result moved Burnley nine points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play, while it hurt Chelsea's top-four chances.

Dyche was unfazed by his opponents' view of his side, praising Burnley for finding a way to get results.

"They can have whatever opinion they want. Everyone is allowed an opinion," he said.

"If we could afford the players they have, I'd love – all managers – to play 600-pass football and win all the time, but it's simply not that easy. You have to do what you do to win and be successful.

"Look at the amount of players we've developed, the diligence of the group, where the players have come from to play in the Premier League... You have to enjoy the moment, and we certainly enjoyed the moment."

Liverpool midfielder James Milner will be supporting Manchester United for the first time, but he will avoid watching their clash against City.

Wednesday's Manchester derby shapes as being vital in the Premier League title race, with Jurgen Klopp's men two points clear at the top but City holding a game in hand.

Milner, a former City and Leeds United midfielder, said he would be supporting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

"First time in my life," he said.

"But I won't be watching. It's a bit of a waste of energy, willing the ball in the other goal.

"I can't do anything about it. I'll maybe put my phone away for a few hours and check it after. I've no idea what I'll do, maybe go out for some food."

With three games left, Liverpool are up to 88 points and could finish the campaign with 97 but still not win a first league title since 1990.

While Liverpool have matches against Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolves left, Manchester City will meet Burnley, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion after the derby.

"There's three games left after that [derby]. People think United is a challenge, but it's not the only one," Milner said.

"It's an old cliche, but the Premier League is tough – whoever you play, teams battling at the bottom."

Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola implied the club will report Burnley to the Football Association (FA) after their coaching staff allegedly "offended" Maurizio Sarri in Monday's 2-2 draw.

An entertaining contest ended with fractious scenes, as a scuffle on the pitch saw several players get involved and it ended with a Mateo Kovacic booking.

Chelsea boss Sarri was subsequently given his marching orders after he had walked down the touchline, seemingly trying to talk to his players during the previous fracas.

The tension boiled over again at full-time as players and coaches headed towards the tunnel, with Antonio Rudiger – who did not play for Chelsea during the game – appearing to be particularly irritated by something.

Sarri subsequently refused to fulfil his post-match media duties due to his mental state, with Zola revealing the Chelsea head coach was angry about something that was said to him by someone on the Burnley bench.

"The reason [for Sarri not showing up after the game] is he's very frustrated, so he'd prefer not to come over here," Zola told a news conference.

"He's been sent off. I think he's been offended as well, so he didn't feel it was the right thing to do, to speak to you [the media].

"I know you wanted him, so I'm sorry, but you can understand. He's frustrated at the game, frustrated at being sent off, and the other thing. He'd prefer not to come in.

"I think he's been told something from their bench, but don't ask me exactly what. I don't want to go down that line, but we'll see what we can do about that.

"I think there will be a follow[-up] on that. Maurizio felt very unhappy. We understand it's a football game.

"You say words because of the adrenalin, but he wasn't particularly happy. If Maurizio said that, probably it's something that could have been avoided."

Zola also claimed Sarri's sending off came as a result of a misunderstanding.

"It's normal that there's a lot of passion in it," he said. "We wanted to win, they didn't want to lose.

"It's normal to have tension. Maurizio has been sent off while trying to help. He went down there to help Kevin [Friend, the referee] and tell our players to get into position, but he was sent off."

David Luiz was scathing of Burnley at full-time, accusing them of playing "anti-football" and of excessive time-wasting.

While Zola was not quite as inflammatory in his remarks, he agreed that Burnley were not sporting.

"Burnley played their own game and tried to get this point," the Italian added. "We didn't play enough in the second half, because there was too much time wasting, but they did what they had to do.

"We were not very happy because we thought five minutes wasn't enough to compensate, so we are very disappointed about that."

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi does not expect to play again this season after suffering from what he understands to be a ruptured Achilles tendon in Monday's 2-2 draw with Burnley.

An entertaining opening period ended badly for Chelsea, as Hudson-Odoi was forced off and N'Golo Kante was then withdrawn with a knock to his ribs at half-time.

While Kante's problem is not thought to be major, it seems the same cannot be said for the 18-year-old.

Although scans are required to discover the full extent of the injury, Hudson-Odoi - who was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches with his right foot in a protective boot - wrote on his official Twitter account that his season is over.

"[I'm] really gutted to end my season with a ruptured Achilles," he said. "Got to work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!"

Assistant coach Gianfranco Zola – taking the place of Maurizio Sarri for post-match media duties after the head coach was removed from the dugout for dissent in stoppage-time – also believes the injury is serious.

"It's not an easy one," Zola said in a news conference. "I think it's a serious injury.

"It's his Achilles tendon. I cannot tell you the extent of it. I don't know – he'll have to have an examination, but it's not looking good. I don't know if it's ruptured.

"N'Golo was taken down on the counter and, as he fell, he fell on the foot of a player, so he had a contusion in his ribs. He couldn't breathe totally. He'll be alright."

Hudson-Odoi will likely miss the rest of Chelsea's battle to finish in Premier League's top four and their Europa League campaign, with Sarri's men set to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals next week.

The England international is also expected to be out for the Nations League Finals, which take place in June.

Chelsea defender David Luiz accused Burnley of playing "anti-football" in Monday's entertaining 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Burnley took an early lead through Jeff Hendrick before N'Golo Kante – who went off injured at half-time – and Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea in front by scoring within two minutes of one another.

Ashley Barnes equalised in the 24th minute and the visitors managed to hang on for a potentially crucial point in their battle against the drop.

Tensions boiled over towards the end, with Maurizio Sarri removed from the dugout before players and staff from both teams were involved in a melee after the final whistle.

The rowing continued down the tunnel, with Antonio Rudiger – who did not play in the match – looking particularly agitated, and David Luiz pointed the finger at Burnley's apparent gamesmanship in a post-match interview.

"We tried everything to win the game," the Brazilian told Sky Sports. "It's difficult when you play against a team who have two chances and score two goals and didn't want to play the game.

"It's anti-football. Wasting time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game.

"They were playing 11 players inside the box. It's difficult to score against a team like that."

The draw meant Chelsea failed to move into third position in the Premier League and instead sit fourth.

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