Laurent Koscielny would rather play in the Champions League than win the FA Cup making those pundits who claim trophies are all that matter to top players look a little bit silly.

“Playing in the Champions League,” Kos said when he was asked which he would prefer between the FA Cup and Champions League.

“It is a competition players want to play because you play against the best teams in Europe. For the players, it is always an important competition.

“It is important for Arsenal, a club who played for 20 years in this competition to be qualified for another year. It is very important for Arsenal to be with the best teams in Europe.”

Should Arsenal beat Sunderland on Tuesday night they will be one point behind Liverpool with one game left to play.

Although Arsenal have been in this position a few times in the last few seasons, relying on Spurs to mess up in the final game is somewhat different than expecting Liverpool to do the same.

Knowing that all they have to do to qualify for Europe’s top competition is beat an already relegated Middlesbrough at home, it’s hard to imagine them blowing it.

Unless, of course, Calum Chambers can somehow net a hattrick on Arsenal’s behalf.