Emery will focus on Europa League as path to Champions League, talkSPORT told

first_img 2 Arsene Wenger did take the competition relatively seriously, especially in the latter stages when it was clear Arsenal would not be securing Champions League qualification through their league position.In the end, the north Londoners were knocked out at the semi-final stage by eventual champions Atletico Madrid, which means they remain in the Europa League for the second successive season.After seeing Arsenal drawn against Sporting of Portugal, Azerbaijani side Qarabag and Ukraine’s Vorskla in the group stage of this year’s competition, Groves told talkSPORT he expects Emery to show the same kind of focus on the Europa League as Wenger did last term.“I said exactly the same thing last season,” Groves said on Jim White on talkSPORT.“I thought it was our pathway into the Champions League, and Arsene Wenger took it more seriously after the group stages; getting into the last 32 and last 16 he started playing stronger sides. 2 Unai Emery is likely to focus on the Europa League as he plots Arsenal’s return to Champions League football.This is the opinion of Perry Groves, the former Arsenal forward, who also believes Emery was hired by the club due to his record in Europe’s secondary cup competition.The Gunners are aiming to return to continental football’s top table having not been represented there last season for the first time since 1998, with a sixth place finish in the Premier League forcing them to take part in the Europa League. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal made it to the Europa League semi-finals before being knocked out by Atletico Madrid Emery has an exceptional record in the Europa League “Unai Emery will probably do exactly the same thing.“You would, without being too disrespectful to the other teams, expect Arsenal to win the group.“And then it’s how seriously Emery takes it.”Emery won three successive Europa Leagues while in charge of Sevilla, between 2014 and 2016, and though he has found the Champions League hard going, Emery has something of a magic touch in the lesser competition, and Groves believes he was hired by Arsenal partly off the back of this superb record.“I think that’s one of the reasons he got the job,” he continued, “because of that track record in the Europa League. Latest Europa League news “It’s another avenue to get yourself in [to the Champions League].” on target last_img read more