Many fans are still basking in the glory of Arsenal’s FA Cup Final triumph over Chelsea last weekend, and rightly so. It was the sort of victory that helps supporters to forget about what came before in the Premier League, with the Gunners failing to really make any kind of impact in the top flight. Sure, the sacking of Unai Emery disrupted their flow, but there was a whole lot more to it than that.
Either way, though, Arsenal won the trophy and that’s what really matters. Still, one loose thread that has come from the win is their status in the UEFA Europa League. This is a competition the club is pretty familiar with, having been knocked out in the semi-finals, final and round of 32 in the last three years. The hope from some fans was that Arsenal wouldn’t feature in European competition at all next season, giving them the freedom to thrive domestically.
We’ll never know whether or not that would’ve been the case because the win over Chelsea does mean that Europa League football is back on the table for the upcoming campaign. You could make the argument that this has really helped the club keep a few top names, but beyond that, it may also be the catalyst behind them luring even more stars to the Emirates.
That’s little more than speculation on our part, but these are the sorts of things you need to be thinking about when you’re playing in a competition like that. The end goal for a team like Arsenal is always going to be Champions League football, and once again, the Europa League will serve as a viable entry point for them to get into the UCL.
It all comes down to what the priority of manager Mikel Arteta is going to be, especially with there being such an insanely quick turnaround heading into the new season. He will already be looking at what areas he can strengthen, and that strength in dept is going to be vital for another run at the UEL. Sure, Wolves had a smaller squad and are still in this year’s round of 16, but we don’t think the Gunners are capable of doing that.
We honestly believe a year without Europe wouldn’t have been the worst thing, but at the same time, we’ve come to learn that doubting Arteta is a bad idea.
Do you think it’s better for Arsenal to be in or out of the UEFA Europa League?