Arsene Wenger is reportedly set to take the opposite approach to Jose Mourinho in the Europa League next season by fielding Arsenal’s youngsters.
- Europa League matchday one penciled in for 14 September
- Manchester United won Europa League last season after fielding first team
- Wenger expected to give youngsters chance and save first team
Wenger is said to be prepared to put out Arsenal’s fringe players for the Europa League next term since he sees winning the Premier League as the team’s priority.
According to the Daily Mail, the boss will be taking the complete opposite approach to Manchester United, who consistently put out a strong team in the European competition last season and ended up winning it after beating Ajax 2-0 in the final.
While there are a portion of Gooners who will believe that a trophy is a trophy and, since Arsenal haven’t done too well in Europe in recent years, they should just go for it, most seem to agree that saving the stronger players for the Premier League is the best course of action.
After finishing fifth, one point behind Liverpool, last season, the Gunners could actually salvage something if they disregard the Europa League and use the lack of fixtures for first team players to their advantage.