Arsenal are eight points ahead of Manchester United, who came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Southampton in their last game.
Jose Mourinho said after the match it would take a “miracle” for United to make the top four this season.
But, asked about those comments ahead of facing Arsenal, he said: “I don’t know if I said [that] or if I didn’t. But if I used that word, it is not what I feel at all.
“I think we are eight or nine points from fourth. I don’t think we need a miracle at all. I think we need a good run of results, I think we don’t need to waste points where we shouldn’t waste.”
EARLY ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
Granit Xhaka is suspended for Arsenal after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the victory against Tottenham.
Nacho Monreal (hamstring), Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) remain sidelined.
ARSENAL TEAM NEWS
Team to play Man Utd: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Holding, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Torreira, Ramsey, Iwobi, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette, Lichtsteiner, Maitland-Niles, Nketiah