Wenger: Mourinho prioritised Europa League ‘much later’

Date published: Wednesday 21st February 2018 12:59 - Matthew Stead

Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal will not prioritise the Europa League as a way to return to the Champions League.

Arsenal face Ostersunds in the last-32 of the Europa League, and hold a 3-0 advantage from the first leg.

They are sixth in the Premier League and well off the pace of the top four, and so many believe they could see the Europa League as an alternative route to the Champions League.

Manchester United finished sixth last season but beat Ajax in the final of the Europa League to secure their place at Europe’s top table.

Jose Mourinho actively prioritised winning the competition, resting players in the Premier League for Europe.

When asked whether he would prioritise the Europa League as Mourinho did, Wenger replied: “He has done that much later, once they were in the semi finals.

“We have to focus on the Premier League,” he continued. “It is one of the priorities we have.

“We are focused to do well. But ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”


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