Arsene Wenger believes it’s too early to prioritise the Europa League and still thinks Arsenal can finish in the top four.
Arsenal’s loss to Tottenham last weekend left them eight points adrift of the Premier League top four.
With just 11 games remaining, it’s looking very unlikely that the team will finish in the Champions League qualifying places.
However, not all is lost. The club can still qualify if they win the Europa League, just as Manchester United did last season.
Wenger, though, isn’t putting all his eggs into the Europa League basket just yet, as he hasn’t given up on qualifying through the league.
“It’s too early. Football is not about switching off for three games and switching on for one game,” he said, as reported by the Islington Gazette.
“Man United decided that once they were in the semi-final, we are far from the semi-final and I think we have to fight to have a chance to come back (in the league).
“The priority has to be to be in the Champions League through the Premier League. I’m not a great fan of qualifying for the Champions League through the Europa League because I don’t think it’s right.
“But if it’s an opportunity, we have to try and take it as well, although the priority is still to do it through the Premier League.”
Wenger will want his team to remain focused for the rest of the season.
Switching off in the league could see a dip in performance and form that’d be difficult to recover from.
The team have to remain sharp for the important games that’ll hopefully be on the way.
The fans, on the other hand, know that a top four finish is near impossible now.
The team’s away form simply isn’t good enough to bridge the gap.
Hence, the Europa League is now Arsenal’s best bet.