Arsenal may be playing in the UEFA Europa League this season, but the manner in which they exited this year’s competition left many wondering whether or not they’re ready to dive back in at that level – or whether it would’ve been more beneficial to have a year away from Europe. Either way, they aren’t going to feature in the last eight of the knockout tournament in Germany.
Three English clubs will be, however, as Manchester City, Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers continue to try and fly the flag high for the Premier League. Today, we’re going to take a look at all three teams as we try to work out whether or not Gunners fans will be cheering any of these sides on over the course of the next few weeks.
While there’s no natural rivalry between City and Arsenal, we do question whether or not fans are going to openly accept the idea of them winning the Champions League. We’d argue they should try and get behind them, but when push comes to shove, we feel as if it might come down to the financial side of things. City have been able to get to this point by spending shed loads of money, and Arsenal fans have always seemed to be quite bitter about that fact.
The feud between Manchester United and Arsenal stretches back over many years, hitting a boiling point during the days of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. These days, you would’ve thought things have calmed down a bit, but it doesn’t appear as if that’s going to happen any time soon. Arsenal fans will bask in the glory of seeing United fail on any stage, so no, they probably won’t be big fans of their potential run to the Europa League final.
If it wasn’t for Arsenal winning the FA Cup, Wolverhampton Wanderers would already have a confirmed spot in next season’s UEFA Europa League. Alas, with Wolves knocking out Olympiacos who knocked out the Gunners, we do feel as if there’s something resembling mutual respect between these two clubs. Whenever they cross paths we always seem to get a pretty decent game out of it, and both sets of fans never really have all too many bad things to say about the other. If they win it all, the Emirates faithful will probably praise them for it.
Will you be backing the English clubs in the next few weeks?