The Gunners have won their last three games, including a 5-2 victory over Tottenham and hard-fought 2-1 win at Anfield against Liverpool.
The Emirates outfit have closed the gap on north London rivals Spurs to four points, and ahead of Monday night’s clash with Newcastle the French coach was in confident mood.
“I am scared to answer questions about what we have and what we can achieve – but finishing with a place in Europe this season, after what we have been through, would be right up there,” he stated in a press conference, published in Sky Sports.
“I am ready to fight and fight we will. It has not been easy for us but I always believed. The team believed.
“We knew there was something here and I am proud we have managed to show we are still a force. We want Champions League football next season. At the worst I want third place. At the moment third place is still in Tottenham’s hands but it is down to consistency. We have difficult games, they have difficult games.
“We have to make sure the fourth place is attainable first. Then maybe higher, a lot higher. Who knows?
“There are eleven games left to play and so much can happen during that time. Manchester United and Manchester City have tough games. I know we are ready. We need to keep up our momentum.
“Ask others if they would like to see Arsenal in their rear view mirror and I suspect the answer would be ‘No’, although to be honest I’d rather have the points at this stage,” he confessed.
By Gareth McKnight