Arsenal look set to miss on a Champions League spot for the second consecutive season. They are eight points off the top four and if they want to play in Europe’s biggest competition next season, it is time to turn their attention to the Europa League.
However, with teams like Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, Lyon and Napoli still in the competition, Arsenal have their work cut out. Bookmakers like William Hill has Arsenal at 9/2 to win the Europa League. If you still want to bet on Arsenal’s Europa League chances, check out what are the best odds before you do. You can find them throughout the various betting sites on the internet.
Arsene Wenger has made it clear that the Europa League is not a competition he has much interest in winning. Speaking after the North London Derby defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, Wenger stated:
“Overall it is a disappointing result because the priority has to be to get to the Champions League through the Premier League.”
“I am not a great fan of the Europa League being a qualifier for the Champions League because I think it is not right.”
Wenger is not alone in turning his nose up at the Europa League but it is time to adopt a different attitude. In the group stages, he fielded weakened sides but he showed his intent last Thursday by fielding a strong line-up against Ostersunds.
Mesut Ozil started as well as Henrikh Mkhitaryan as Arsenal won 3-0 and David Ospina saved a last-minute penalty. They now have a comfortable lead for the second leg at the Emirates and have more or less guaranteed their place in the last 16 of the competition.
Arsenal are in the final of the League Cup where they will face Manchester City on the 25th of February. Alongside the Europa League, these are the only options Arsenal have to win silverware this season.
Arsenal’s season has not gone to plan and as a result, the Europa League is increasingly becoming their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
Wenger will have to do what Jose Mourinho did with Manchester United last year – accept that finishing in the top four is almost impossible and go all out to win the Europa League.