Wenger prefers top-four finish over Europa League glory

Sep 14, 2017, 01:01
Wenger prefers top-four finish over Europa League glory

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he does not view the Europa League as an avenue by which to qualify for the Champions League.

It's going to be interesting to see who plays on the right as with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sold to Liverpool we don't really have any established back-up options for Hector Bellerin.

This may sound ambitious, but it's merely an extension of the two sides' agreement to share scouting information ahead of their Group H clashes, amid hectic domestic schedules around the UEFA Europa League group stage.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has dispelled suggestions that the Gunners will take the Europa League lightly, insisting that they are aiming to win the competition. And Wenger is clearly prioritising that one, with a host of big names sitting out Wednesday's session. The three-time Champions League victor has scored 181 goals in Madrid but could be forced to make way for new signings coming in.

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Wenger refused to say whether Wilshere will start, but said the midfielder is getting "stronger and stronger every day" after recovering from an ankle fracture suffered towards the end of last season while on loan at Bournemouth. If he is injury-free, he will come back to his best.

Time to put the frustrations to bed. He has been injured at the start of the season so he was a bit behind the others.

"He had been out so many times after suffering bad tackles and had just come back from a fracture".

"The disadvantage is of course that he was out of the game for a long time, but there are advantages as well", he said.

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"It is a good opportunity to show we can cope", Wenger said.

The French boss may rest a few key players tomorrow night keeping in mind the all important PL fixture against Chelsea coming up on Sunday.

The Hard Tackle, therefore, predicts a hard-fought 1-0 win for the North London outfit to kickstart their Europa League campaign on a positive note.

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