Arsenal train ahead of UEFA Europa League QF

Arnold Nichols
April 5, 2018

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he hopes the ongoing political tension between Russian Federation and the United Kingdom will have no bearing on football matters over the next week.

The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, a huge 13 points off fourth-placed arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. But because the mentality in the team is very good, strong and healthy we're recovered.

Arsenal's only realistic chance of qualifying for next season's UEFA Champions League is to win this season's Europa League. They threaten to do stuff and it doesn't quite happen but this is the first time I've seen a positive step from the fans.

"We have to see it in a way it's an opportunity we want to take and keep the priorities right and of course focus on how well we play together, how we want to play".

In fact, that was Southampton's only Premier League win since the end of November and they suffered successive 3-0 losses at Newcastle and West Ham in their last two games. I think the crowd, when something is at stake, is always there'.


Speaking alongside Mkhitaryan at Colney Wenger said: Wenger: "There is some extra pressure on us to do extremely well in this competition". On top of that, what will decide the crowd's attitude is the quality of our game.

"Ideally, you want to combine both scoring goals and not conceding, but the situations are not always ideal".

Alexandre Lacazette returned from injury at the weekend and found the net with a penalty against Stoke, but he isn't a confirmed starter at the Emirates for the big clash. I couldn't have imagined a better start.

"Honestly, nobody knows really what's going on." added the Frenchman.

With the Gunners set to host the Russian side who knocked out highly-fancied Lyon in the previous round at the Emirates, hopes are rising the North Londoners can claim only the third European title in their history next month.

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