Arsenal’s Europa League prospects downplayed

Darren Ambrose has claimed that Arsenal should not expect to reach the next round of the Europa League, let alone consider themselves for winning the competition.

The Gunners slipped to yet another defeat this weekend when hosting Manchester City at the Emirates, their 11th loss of the league campaign after only 25 matches.

This has led to many to believe that their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is to win the Europa League, but that could well be a tough ask.

Not that winning any cup competition could ever be considered easy, Arsenal had started their European campaign in top form, winning all six of their group games, but our first knockout leg has certainly not been ideal with us only earning a 1-1 draw in what is considered the away leg, while both fixtures are being played in neutral grounds.

With that in mind, we will now have to play as the home team and earn a win or a 0-0 draw in order to qualify for the next round.

Ambrose certainly doesn’t rate our chances to win the competition, and in fact doesn’t rate our chances of winning the competition, whilst adding that Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are a more likely winner.

“Spurs have got a better chance than Arsenal to win the Europa League,” Ambrose told TalkSport.

“Arteta won the FA Cup [last season], but in terms of winning trophies, Jose is the guy to go to and this season we’ll obviously see.

“He’s got the League Cup final to go and in the Europa League, they’ve played a poor standard of opposition, but they’ve done the job.

“I don’t think drawing to Benfica for Arsenal is doing what they have to do. They needed to win that game to stand them any chance [of progressing].

“I don’t think Arsenal will win any trophies this season. Potentially, they’ll be lucky to make the top 10.”

Anyone who actually watched our fixture with Benfica this week would rate our chances of qualifying to the next round, and I personally don’t believe that Ambrose did so.

The Gunners are certainly not enjoying their best campaign, but neither are Benfica, and on paper neither deserve to be short favourites to quality, but after that it is anybody’s competition.

Patrick

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6 Comments

  1. PJ-SA says:

    “This has led to many to believe that their best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League is to win the Europa League”

    As opposed to finishing in the top 4? Winning EL is the only way.

  2. Kev82 says:

    Haha we needed to win to stand any chance of going through darren ambrose 😂 yeah because when Benfica play in Athens they are unstoppable lol if they couldn’t beat Rangers over 2 games we stand a very decent chance.

  3. Wyoming says:

    Benfica is weak and Arsenal should cruise into the next round. Man U and Leicester will almost certainly focus on the league to make top 4. Ajax Shaktar will win their respective leagues so again don’t need the EL. Milan and Roma will make top 4 in Serie A Rangers will make the qualifying round by winning the SPL. The dangers as i see it are Spurs Leverkusen + Napoli. So really Tottenham and Arsenal are on course to contest the EL final and save their respective Managers and clubs season.

    1. CorporateMan says:

      We played a Chelsea team that had already qualified for CL and still lost woefully to them in the EL final 3 years ago.
      I don’t see us winning it this year. Not with the team we have and the lack of commitment they continually exhibit on the pitch

  4. ken1945 says:

    Who’s Darren Ambrose?

  5. OnceGreat says:

    It’d be great if they could make it to the finals. Unfortunately, with their hot-cold performances, I don’t think it’s a reality. Final nail in the coffin would be meeting scum at any stage of the competition and losing. Let alone the final.

    I hope future signings would be happy to play a season without European football because that’s the most likely outcome.

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