Arsenal not worried about big teams coming in to the Europa League after BATE demolition

Arsenal were previously the favourites to win the Europa League since the competition started, but now that teams like Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Dortmund have joined the throng for the knockout rounds, they have been ousted from the top of the betting. Arsene Wenger was never happy about Champions League teams getting a second chance in the secondary competition. When asked of his opinion, Le Prof said: “Yeah, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Dortmund, so it will be interesting.

“We spoke about that. I thought that basically we were never in the Europa League because we always qualified out of the group stage, but I was never a big fan of teams going to the Europa League.”

Theo Walcott reckons it will be good to have some harder challenges, but thinks that this side can perform whoever they are drawn against. “It says it it all when Champions League teams drop out. It boosts that competition even more – there are top-quality teams that are going to be in the competition even more. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens next. We’re excited, it’s nice to get these teams coming through but we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone if we perform like we did tonight. At times it looked easy but we went out there and enjoyed it, and that’s what it’s about. When you see a whole group of players enjoying themselves, that’s what it’s about, I believe.”

One question that the fans are very interested in is whether Wenger will stick to his second team if drawn against any of the big guns, and he didn’t specify really. He just said: “I will adapt every time the team to the team we face. It depends. I just select the team I think can win the next game. It’s difficult because this team can play against anybody.”

Well I think that Wenger will have to do some rotating in the next few weeks anyway, and some of those that performed well last night could come into the EPL side anyway. Who can predict what our first team will be when the Europa League restarts again in February?



  1. Allan says:

    I think Wenger would be wise to keep the same players throughout and only mixing when players are injured. I think just playing once a week and together helps them bond better.they keep fitter and suffer less injuries. It also allows the players to keep match fit if they are needed ready to slot into team A or B.I for one love to see some of the younger players coming through and it also allows injured or recovering players to get match fit,great to see Debuchy back and having a good run.If we get to the final then maybe play the best team?

    1. Lance says:

      The B team can get us to the quarterfinals if we have favourable draws against teams such as Astana, Ludogorets but not beyond. To get to the final, we will have to bring in the big boys from the semifinals stage.

  2. jon fox says:

    There will be a huge step up in standard from the dross in our groups rivals compared to the knockout stage. We will soon need to either put out a far stronger team or be knocked out. Bate were pathetic, and that is being kind. Other teams will not be!

  3. TW14-TH14 says:

    I think Europa League should be our priority this season for the following reasons:

    1. We win another trophy, meaning at least a trophy in each of the last five seasons except one.

    2. Our European haul of prizes isn’t great and one European trophy would improve that.

    3. Though I am very confident that we would finish in the top four, it would guarantee UCL participation next season.

    With City doing so well, I don’t think any other team has a chance of winning the league. In that respect, we may be better placed than United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs (the last two are already out of the Carabao Cup) to end the campaign with a silverware.

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