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Euro run helping Arsenal's top four bid, says Maitland-Niles

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AFP, London :
Ainsley Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal's run to the Europa League semi-finals will aid their Premier League top four push against Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Unai Emery's side advanced to the last four on Thursday as Alexandre Lacazette's goal sealed a 1-0 win in Napoli and a 3-0 aggregate success.
Arsenal face Valencia in the semi-finals, with Emery aiming to win his fourth Europa League title and seal Champions League qualification in the process.
That would be an uplifting conclusion to Emery's first season with Arsenal, but if they fall short in the Europa League, the Gunners still have another route to the Champions League via a top four finish in the Premier League.
Currently in fourth place above Chelsea on goal difference, Arsenal have no margin for error in the league, but defender Maitland-Niles says his team have matured as a result of their European exploits and are now better at closing out matches.

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