Lacazette: Europa League could save our season…and the boss

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Lacazette taking a penalty

Alex Lacazette says winning the Europa League will save Arsenal’s season and keep Arsene Wenger in a job.

Despite a disappointing season on the domestic front, hopes of securing a place in next season’s Champions League remain alive courtesy of their run in Europe. First, they’ll have to beat Atletico Madrid, a team Lacazette came very close to joining, in the semi-finals with Lazio Marseille and Salzburg making up the other half of the draw.

As if the prospect of silverware in his first season wasn’t enough, the France international says he’s extra motivated by the prospect of picking up the trophy on familiar territory; former club Lyon is hosting the final.

After Thursday’s 2-2 draw against CSKA Moscow, a result that saw the Gunners through 6-3 on aggregate, Lacazette said: “It can be the way to keep the manager because he did so much good for the club.

“It will save our season because in the Premier League we are not doing well.”

He went on: “I really want to be in the final to play in front of my family and friends but it’s not only that – I came to Arsenal because I want to win trophies.”

Petr Cech sounds similarly motivated to win the Europa League. The veteran keeper won the competition in 2013 with Chelsea and thinks a club of Arsenal’s stature should be picking up silverware regularly.

“There is a big responsibility for everyone because we know with the position we are in the league,” Cech told reporters in Moscow.

“Someone would have to have a big meltdown in the last seven games to give us a chance to sneak into the top four.

“We know this is our chance to book our Champions League spot but, not only that, you play a European competition for a cup and for a cup the club has never won. This is another opportunity to add a great trophy to the cabinet.

“You need to keep the progression. You keep that not only on the pitch but by winning things. A club of Arsenal’s size and history belongs in the Champions League.”

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Killjoy
Killjoy

Marseille and Salzburg?

Iceberg10
Iceberg10

Yeah I thought it was Marseille and not Lazio (although they wear the same colours)?

Almọnd
Almọnd

COYG win us this trophy and give us a voice. As for retaining the manager, he is a great man and manager who has really suffered a lot for the club but we fans can’t wait to know how it ll feel having a new face, tactics and manager.

Legrande
Legrande

Focus should be on Atletico and not the Trophy. All this talk of Lyon, Trophy, Manager scares me. Focus Focus Focus. We are not there yet.

John bull
John bull

“We fans…. ” … possibly 30% or so …. not the majority judging by the votes here ….

Atom
Atom

John I realize from your comments that you are a die hard Wenger supporter but it’s really difficult to argue anymore that it’s a small majority of fans who want Wenger out or that we are competitive except for 2nd tier cup competitions anymore. Just look at the stadium – when you get to the point where over 1/3 don’t even bother to show up week after week anymore things have gotten pretty bad. Wenger has done great things for the club but everyone gets old at some point and their skills decline – it’s just as true of managers as it is of players and unfortunately our lack of competitiveness in top tier competitions – CL / PL the last few years make it obvious to most that Wenger has declined. There are a portion of fans who will never see that – even finishing outside the top 6 which is incredibly difficult given the resources Arsenal have would change that for those fan.s

Atom
Atom

*small minority of fans

John bull
John bull

Not a diehard Wenger but a diehard Arsenal supporter. … and to me that also means respect for the manager of the club judged on what he has actually done for the club …. and respect for the values of the club and for the football it plays … more trophies … yes of course I want more … can the team do better ? Yes it can and the manager still deserves to reap the rewards of his patient work in the club …. if he decides he can no longer take the team forward , then we accept , however he has a contract and it is up to him … As supporters and fans in the stadium , we need to make it easier for the team to win not turn on them and boo them or hold hostile signs … that is not support …. all told the team has still been in 4 finals in the past 5 years , won 3 trophies and a chance for a respectable European trophy …. how many teams in England can claim a similar record ? Hope the support of fans at the Emirates for the Atletico match will match the kind of support we see at some of other clubs such as Liverpool , Roma , Juve ……

Atom
Atom

You can respect the manager for all that he is accomplished and still recognize that the club is no longer moving forward under him as well. The FA cups are great – I loved winning them. BUT they also have papered over what has been a very steady deterioration under Wenger the past few years as well. We no longer are even competitive in the league or an actual contender the CL either. I like many was hopeful that the first FA cup was a sign of things to come – with the big signings etc. that the club could push on and actually challenge for the league. Unfortunately that hasn’t occurred and the team has increasingly gone backwards the past few years. We are miles behind Spuds, Liverpool, Man U & City and arguably Chelsea as well. The danger in continuing to allow Wenger to dictate his own departure based solely on sentimental reasons and not sporting ones is the club will fall further and further behind. The sad reality of sports is almost no one is allowed to dictate their own ending – for every Sir Alex Ferguson (who by the way was still winning titles every other year) there are a 1000 managers who’s time is called up by the club instead.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

It’s only the last two years that the fans have begun to properly turn in significantly numbers, my question is how many more years will you be content with our steady decline in relation to challenging for the league and failing to compete in the champions league until you reach that stage? Another year? Another three? Maybe another five? Should there be a figure that comes to mind and goes against your perceived blind faith, just remember that is exactly where a huge number of fans are currently at. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your club just remember that. We all have different ideas based on perception and what we have as a vision of success. It doesn’t make any one less of a supporter, all it means is certain fans are able to he more objective and put sentiment aside whilst wanting the best for their team.

Goonerink
Goonerink

If we get back to form and the club in coming seasons then the EL trophy will be looked back upon with very rose tinted glasses. ‘The only year arsenal dropped out of the CL they won the EL by beating AC Milan and Athletico’

shokim
shokim

It’s Marseille, not Lazio…

shokim
shokim

Not related but Giroud has scored 2 goals for a comeback win for Chelsea v Soton.

Pookins
Pookins

Handsome ba5tard

Henry
Henry

-I sort of liked it anyway…?

Kim Kallstrom Kardashian
Kim Kallstrom Kardashian

He should be scoring with me………. US! I mean us *nervously darts eyes left to right*

Atom
Atom

That would be amazing to win the Europa League to both have a European trophy and just as importantly to help with the major overhaul of the squad that needs to occur this summer. That said this year should have made obvious to everyone the flaw with allowing a cup competition alone to determine the fate of the manager.

afan
afan

NO ,it wont save our season, the damage has already been done, and as for wenger he will stay for another season what ever happens

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Fingers crossed!

John bull
John bull

AW has earned the right to decide …. this season , finalist vs the champions elect in domestic league cup , last 4 in Europe , season alive till May , cannot be too greedy and expect everything ……

Andy
Andy

For a start, although I’d obviously preferred to have won it, the League Cup is just a tad more prestigious than the Community Shield!! Being in the last 4 of the very much 2nd fiddle European competition is as far as I understand, not a trophy! We currently sit 30 points behind the Premier League leaders, not to mention 13 points off a Champions League place! To expect more from one of the biggest and wealthiest clubs in the world isn’t in any shape or form greedy!!

thejw1
thejw1

You can be damn sure City will be calling it a ‘double’.
So yeah, it means something. As the roll-call of teams that can win something becomes larger– the silverware scarcer?

They ALL count.

jw1

afan
afan

no, wenger has NOT earned the right to decide if he stays or goes, its up to the board

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Season alive until May? ?? last four in Europe. We are making the best of a terrible situation. Arsene Wenger has taken us to the heights of the invincibles and then steadily steered us to mediocrity. Last season we just finished outside the top four, this season we are not even in with a sniff. Whilst the Europa League should be a target this season, make no mistake that target is the consequence of a poor premier league campaign. And before the inevitable reference is made to the FA cups we have won, that is most certainly not success in relation to what we have been capable of in terms of potential. We have performed as expected in the Europa League, albeit a few below par performances. We done well to final of the league cup but lost to a team which has improved year upon year to get where they are (the blue print we were sold by those morons on the board) and very much lost to the better team. Beating Chelsea in the cup is so far the highlight of our season, everything else is what would be expected. I sure as hell hope we win the Europa League, but does that mean we will suddenly pick up and compete in the league and the Champions League and go against the norm we have been accustomed to under Wenger…I sure as hell doubt it.

John bull
John bull

How many teams in The league here have a comparable record to Arsenal record under Wenger over the last 5 , 10 , 20 years ? And how many teams can match Arsenal for player transfer and wages ?

And how does the record compare ?

Should not be difficult to work out

Yes we want even more and we will get more … missing only 1 year or 2 of top 4 in a 22 year period is not a record even the Man U Chelsea City Liverpool can match …..the players and the club deserve more support to help them win what we all want …

Atom
Atom

John – finishing in the top 4 so many years is a real accomplishment. But taking the last 10-12 years every club you’ve named has won multiple PL titles (ex – Liverpool) and has won at least 1 CL (with Liverpool playing in multiple finals). As far as the top competitions have gone we have been amazingly consistent without ever actually challenging.

Futsboller
Futsboller

Chelsea, United and City have been operating on a budget far beyond what Arsenal can compete with, and it is no surprise that in the last 15 years only Arsenal and Leicester have won the Premier League outside of the moneyed three. City dominated this year because they have one of if not the most expensive teams in football for Pep to manage–extremely good footballers who can play near perfection. And you know they will probably outspend us again this summer because they have money to burn. In case you’re wondering, City will win the PL again next season barring a bout of flesh-eating disease. Of course, budget doesn’t mean everything, and teams are very capable of punching above their financial weight just as they are of being flabby, but they rarely do that consistently. We are underperforming brutally this year and everyone knows it; steps will be taken to ensure we don’t endure this kind of season again, and we’ve already seen things happen recently that were unthinkable a few years ago (ditching long-serving players and bringing in more footballing minds behind the scenes). Look, Sp*rs are adored by everyone these days, but what have those numpties won? Nothing. Liverpool are the talk of Europe at the moment, but their job is not finished. We should be doing better, we should be in top four battling United for second spot, we should be more consistent from home to away and we should be more damned exciting and reliable to watch, and hopefully we’ll get back to our best next season consistently, but for now, let’s finish this season as well as we can, and give the EL our best and show that our class still means something in this woefully corrupt sport.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

When was the last time we competed John, I’m not talking about winning. I’m not demanding success, I would like to see my team challenge with the big boys, not go out 10-2 on aggregate two years in a row and struggle to make top four and then be left feeling like it’s an achievement to actually make it. Are you content with our performances in the league and champions league in the least ten years? Or do you merely accept that’s the club we are because Wenger hasn’t been able to match the ambition of the fans? You sound like you’d do we’ll upstairs with the board pal, they spurn that’s sort of basic mentality as well.

Martin
Martin

So winning a European trophy will not save our season? In other words a 4th trophy in 5 years would mean nothing to you. Sad supporter you are.

Zakgooner
Zakgooner

Winning a European trophy will not save our season. Sad because I want you see my team compete at the top??? Read my statements, I don’t once mention wanting to even win the league or the champions league, I want us to compete. You can be blinded by the potential of winning the second best competition in Europe but that most certainly won’t paper over the cracks in my eyes. Will I be happy if we win the Europa League…of course…does that mean we’ve had a successful season? Fuck no! Look at our position in the league you clown, are your happy with that? Read what’s written buddy.

Bulbus
Bulbus

Save Wengers job! That my Saturday up the shitter

Hank1979
Hank1979

i enjoyed blogs’ george webbs reference this morning. a must have range of school footwear in dublin circa 1984 to 88. jesus they were bad. the white towelling socks completed the look. blogs you were that man were you not?

arseblog
Admin

Definitely not with white socks though!

santori
santori

If he finishes with the europa trophy, he gets to stay his last season on contract.

If not, he walks.

Gereoma
Gereoma

Simeone, ‘savouring’ the tie says it all. He is even mocking us by saying its 50-50. Madrid does not savour a tie with Bayern, only predators savour the cent of their preys. Good God, how did this happen. I still pray someway, somehow, Arsenal wins.

Goontang
Goontang

If it wasn’t for the Europa league we’d be a mess. I thought without Champions league to worry about this year we would go closer than ever to the title. Yet we are 7 games left, further away then we’ve ever been with two eyes firmly on hoping Burnley don’t overtake us.

Atleast in previous years we had a top four fight on our hands to end the campaign. Cant wait for these Atletico matches, but the rest of the league campaign can’t end soon enough. Atleast we don’t have Auba and Miki going to the world cup. you’d expect Germany to go deep into the world cup and Ozil coming back late next season.