Despite sitting just three points outside the Premier League top four, Arsenal should ditch their plans of cracking into the Champions League places this season.
At least that’s the view of club legend Ian Wright, who believes the Gunners would be better suited to achieving Champions League qualification through the Europa League.
The Gunners currently sit in sixth place, one point behind Manchester United and three points behind fourth placed Chelsea, but with a litany of injuries plaguing Unai Emery’s already unreliable defence and a resurgent United to take into account, Wright thinks his old club should focus on winning European football’s second competition to earn their way to the top table again.
Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Wright said, “Going back to the unbeaten run, I think that gave people false hope in respect to finishing fourth.
“It was a great run but during that run there were times in it where you thought, ‘Ooh, that was a bit tricky for us, could have done better here, could have done better there.’
“But the fact is that that kind of elevated everybody’s expectations a bit and I still feel top four is still out of our reach if I’m going to be totally honest.
“I think that Europa League is what Arsenal should be focusing on. The manager’s got a bit of pedigree in it and I think we can get some guys back [from injury] and have a blast for that.”
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(h/t the mirror)