Henrikh Mkhitaryan has admitted that winning the Europa League twice in consecutive seasons is a huge motivation for him after he triumphed in the competition with Manchester United last year.
Arsenal have been enduring a tough season as the London side have struggled to keep up with the teams above them. Arsene Wenger’s men are currently seven points behind Tottenham in fifth, while they are eight short of Chelsea in fourth-place and the final Champions League spot.
Everyone was well aware of how hotly-contested the top-four would be this season meaning that not side that wanted to take a Champions League spot could afford to fall behind the opposition, and yet Arsenal are once again staring at a near unbridgeable gap.
It seems as though they will have to turn their attention to the Europa League if they are to claim a place in Europe’s premier competition for next season.
One player is well aware of how much it takes to win the competition and he will be aiming to win it for the second time in as many seasons. Henrikh Mkhitaryan lifted the trophy with Manchester United last season and it gave Jose Mourinho’s men a place in the Champions League this season.
Mkhitaryan is clearly keen to lift the trophy with his new club, and he told ESPN: “Yes why not? It’s always a pleasure to win trophies and it will be even better to win twice in a row. It’s not easy as you see there are a lot of good teams in this competition; we have to fight in every game, every minute to show up that we have to win that”.
Arsenal face Ostersunds this evening in the second-leg of their Europa League clash holding a commanding 3-0 lead from the first match.