Man United had a reasonably easy run to win the Europa League last season, beating teams like St-Étienne, Rostov, Anderlecht and Celta Vigo before beating Ajax in the Final, but Arsene wenger believes that this is the toughest group of teams he has seen in the last 16 of this years version.
Le Prof was asked if it is better to go far in the Europa than lose in the Champions League, and he said: “You never compare. You’re right, I want to be in the Champions League – and in the Europa League, if you look at the teams that are in there, it is very strong. We play Milan to have a chance to qualify for the quarter-final. You look who is in there [the current round] and there is Milan, Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal, we have all the French teams, some good French teams. You have many good teams in there and this competition is maybe this season, at a higher level than ever.”
“Anything can run against you. What we want is to produce a performance that is expected from us and then you give your best and you have to accept that this competition is very tight.”
I agree there are some good teams in it, but really only Atletico Madrid and Dortmund could be considered to be top, top teams in recent times. So do you think that Arsenal are going to get a much harder run than Man United did last year?