Arsène Wenger can Thursday with Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Europa League, but the coach realizes that speculate about a possible victory is still much too premature. The Frenchman is impressed by the number of participants.
“I would of course like to compete in the Champions League, but the level in the Europa League this season is very high. Perhaps the highest level ever in this tournament,” said Wenger on Wednesday at his press conference in the run-up to the return against AC Milan in the eighth finals.
Since Arsenal by a fifth place in the Premier League last season for the first time this century should participate in the Europa League instead of the Champions League, the ‘Gunners’ as a major contender for the gold.
Wenger himself is not so impressed by that role that his team will get pinned. “We want to perform as is expected of us. It can also just go wrong for us.”
“We have to accept that the level is just very high,” continued Wenger. “You have next to us and Milan, also Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and a lot of good French teams in this stage of the tournament. There are doing this season, just a lot of strong teams.”
Arsenal won last week in San Siro with 0-2 AC Milan and is thus already with one foot in the quarter-finals. The return at the Emirates Stadium is Thursday nights at 21.05 hours on the program.
Wenger, who is against the ‘Rossoneri’ alone could not have attacker Alexandre Lacazette, has high hopes that his squad a chain of victories can drop. The current number six from England was Sunday, after the midweekse victory over Milan, all with 3-0 too strong for Watford and Milan’s third win in a row books.
“Stability is a sign of quality. Sometimes it is difficult to get out of a negative spiral. This is why, especially in a week with three matches, is very important to have good results.”
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