Do Arsenal fans really want Tottenham to drop into the Europa League?

Do We Want Spurs In The Europa? by Dan Smith

We are half way through the group stages of the European Competitions. We are in such a healthy position in ours we can already start to think about the knock out stages and possible opponents. In terms of the Champions League there’s a realistic chance that both Spurs and Man United may fail to advance to the last 32.

While it’s fun to laugh at Spurs from a banter point of view, do we really want to be facing them in the Europa League?
Gone are the days where winning the former UEFA Cup was so simple the likes of Middlesbrough and Fulham were getting to finals. UEFA decided a couple of years back to change how clubs would be seeded. In the old criteria we would often be in Pot A ahead of champions of other nations based on our past results. This would mean bizarre scenarios such as Man City being Champions of their country but ranked as the weakest out of the 4 Premiership representatives. Now the policy is you are rewarded for where you finish domestically.

Morally it’s the correct change, unfortunately for us it coincided with are relegation into the second-tier tournament.
Designed to make their premiere competition more competitive it has had a domino effect. It’s now positioned where a top name is almost guaranteed to drop down from one cup to another. There’s even a chance PSG could become possible opponents. While some gooners would welcome playing Spurs over two legs, the reward is too big. Winning the Europa remains our most realistic way of getting back into the Champions League.

As much as you need quality to win silverware you need luck as well. That good fortune could be who enters the last 32 after xmas. It’s bad luck enough that Chelsea are also playing Thursdays. Man, United took this route to get back into the CL. The hardest team on paper they faced was Ajax. We on the other hand were unfortunate not to dodge Atletico Madrid, who were clear favourites the moment they got knocked out of the Champion’s League. So the fewer big names finish third in their CL groups the better for us. The easier route to the final the better.

While a North London Derby semi-final would be a cracking atmosphere the risk of them knocking us out and having that to gloat over? The juice wouldn’t be worth the squeeze.

Dan Smith


  1. gotanidea says:

    No, because there are Chelsea, Sevilla, Marseille, Lazio and Leipzig already. They are doing well in this season, therefore it’s better if there is no more big team join the Europa League

  2. Aubamezzette says:

    I want Spurs to progress in UCL n get knocked out in KO stage. Same with City.Utd. …but one big team ll surely drop from Liverpools group . Them napoli or psg.

    1. gotanidea says:

      I hope the fallen ones would be Inter, Napoli and Monaco

      It will be interesting to see Henry face Arsenal

  3. Goonster says:

    The Spuds shouldn’t get a second chance to compete in another cup competition. They were embarrassed in their CL group and should not be afforded a safety Net in the Europa.

    Their tail is firmly betweeb theie legs now and it should remain that way.

    1. Admin says:

      They should be demoted to the Checkatrade Trophy!

      1. jon fox says:

        call it a hunch if you will,but anyone would think you do not like Tottenham .

  4. Goonerboi says:

    They have the same amount of point as PSV who says theyre not finishing last in their group ???. Bottle-them FC are absolute comedians. Let them concentrate on not getting st Totteringhams day reinstated. It’s the only trophy they have a chance of winning HAHAHA

  5. Angello says:

    I don’t agree Atletico we’re the favorites last season, Arsene and his team bottled it up, we had opportunities to batter Atletico both home and away…. Give me Atletico again and let’s see who is better.

  6. Sal says:

    yes for sure, and i want to us to face them beat them and send them home as well is that too much to ask?

    1. Sarmmie says:

      It’s not much at all

  7. Midkemma says:

    I actually think we can make the top 4 this season, I do think that is our best way to get UCL football, the UEL has a few tough teams already and we all know that.

    I say let them drop into the UEL and let Arsenal face them… Let it be them instead of Chavski XD then for us to beat Chavski afterwards >:)

    If we can keep our momentum going and have a good Jan window then why can’t we compete for the EPL? Why underestimate ourselves? We have some fantastic footballers and Emery is getting them to perform better with each passing week. I’m not saying we will win the EPL but I honestly do believe we can compete, with enough hard work and luck then why not??

    I recall some of the best managers admitting you need some luck to win the EPL while also have the ability to get points while not playing at your best… We have been picking up wins while not truely flowing for the full 90 mins so we tick that part… With luck… C’mon Arsenal!

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