Arsene Wenger says he’ll field a side that can finish the job against Ostersund tomorrow night and insists his players won’t be complacent despite being 3-0 up from the first-leg.
The Frenchman also insists that while the Europa League represents an important opportunity to qualify for the Champions League, that doesn’t mean Arsenal are giving up on finishing in the Premier League’s top four.
“I always try to find a team who can win the next game, I’ll build a team that has a good opportunity to win the game for us,” he told press on Wednesday afternoon.
“We play at home in front of our fans, there’s still a lot at stake, this competition is important for us. What is absolutely vital is that we go into the game with a good focus to win it.”
He went on to admit: “A big part is done, but to be professional is to finish the job. It’s a good opportunity to show maturity, to show respect and love as well for the game we want to play. That’s why I believe it’s important to win the game tomorrow.
“It [the Europa League] is one of the priorities we have, but there’s a long way to go. We have first to qualify tomorrow and after that to see who we get if get through. We will focus to do well. Ideally, we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”
Asked whether he’d start following Jose Mourinho’s lead by now prioritising the Europa League – the Portuguese chose to field weakened line-ups in the league as he led Manchester United to success in Europe’s second-tier competition – Wenger replied:
“No, he [Mourinho] did that [focused on the Europa League] much later, once they were in the semi-final. We are not as far as that. We have to focus on the Premier League.”