With only a handful of games left of the Premier League season, the European qualification places are becoming as important a place to be as they come and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has expressed the importance of Arsenal qualifying for at least a place in the Europa League should they fail to qualify for Europe’s Premier competition.
“This club has to play in Europe. This club has to play in the Champions League. If we don’t have the choice to do that, it’s better to play in the Europa League than not to play in Europe at all. That is my personal opinion.” the manager said, when quizzed about European qualification.
Arsenal have missed out on Champions League qualification for three(3) years now and may very well miss out on it once more except they can continue their resurgence and of course hope that results elsewhere favor them, which is not really a favorable position to be in.
Arsenal sit seventh(7th) in the Premier League table, six points behind 5th placed Manchester United, a position that could prove enough to attain Champions League qualification should Manchester City’s UEFA ban appeal be turned down. They host third(3rd) placed Leicester City on Tuesday at the Emirates.