It is only a couple of years ago that Jose Mourinho decided to give up battling for the race for the Top Four and concentrated all his efforts on winning the Europa League as the best route to the Champions League, and it could be that this season Arsenal may be forced to make a decision like that as the games keep coming thick and fast towards the climax of the season.
Granit Xhaka thinks that the Top Four must be our Number One target: “After Arsene Wenger left a lot of things changed in this club,” he said. “We are happy with the coach, we improve a lot, we work a lot.
“It’s a big step if we come back to the Champions League. We want it as well. It’s not easy, we know that, but we keep working.
“Two times in two years we didn’t play Champions League. A club like Arsenal have to play in the Champions League and we have to show that always on the pitch.
“We work a lot, changed our identity, you can see that week after week. It’s important that we are there, not so far from the Champions League. Last games we want to take the points and to finish in the top four.
“If you win Europa League you go straight away to Champions League. But I think Premier League is our first priority to go the Champions League.”
It is true there are still some very big clubs left in the Europa League knockouts, and we could start getting even harder games from the quarter finals onwards. Do you think it would be better if we saved our big guns for the weekend Premier League games or should we go all out to win both competitions?