Wed 05 October 2022 | 18:11

Arteta insists on Europa League importance despite Arsenal’s CL aim

Following their amazing start to the season, Arsenal are leading the Premier League table, but the club manager reminded his players that the Europa League is still of importance for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta

insisted that Arsenal do not plan to take the Europa League for granted before the battle against Bodo/Glimt on Thursday, but he admitted that his side do have bigger ambitions.

The Gunners are leading the Premier League table with their rich vein of form this season, and they have only bettered this season’s 21 points after eight matches on two other occasions, grabbing 22 points in 2004-05 and 2007-08.

Last season, they failed to beat Tottenham to the Champions League qualifications place, but they are now facing Bodo/Glimt, PSV, and FC Zurich in their Europa League Group A. Although the Gunners boss is aware that his side should aim for the Champions League this season, he insisted that Arsenal plan to “make the most” of their continental season.

"Playing in Europe is always great. We know we would want to be playing yesterday or today, but that's the next step,"

he said on Wednesday. 

"This is the reality, and we have to make the most of it.

"It's a test for the squad, in terms of the numbers and the quality. If you make changes, how much you notice it, whether you can continue consistently playing at the top level.

"Everyone's going to have to do that after the World Cup, especially with the schedule.

"It's a competition that is really important for us, we know how important it is to be on top of the group and the home advantage, we have to use it."

William Saliba and Bukayo Saka have impressed under Arteta and are confident that they will get new contracts and Arteta revealed that the club is preparing the duo’s deals as well as a renewal for Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal had to cash in on some of their star players and Arteta does not want that to happen again, saying:

"Obviously we have to plan for the future, and we are all working on it.

"Edu is on top of it, and all the board. We will try to do things in the right way, being fair, and rewarding the players that – in our opinion – have a big future for the club.

"When we have something to announce, we will do it. Every player is different and what happened in the past, the people that were in charge had the right reasons.

"We will try to do the same thing and make sure the club is always protected, that the club is always in a good position to move forward, and the players are happy."

Arsenal’s first Europa League home clash against PSV was postponed due to Queen Elizabeth II’s death last month. However, they are prepared to change their poor continental run on Thursday.

source: SportMob

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