Granit Xhaka says that qualification for next season’s Champions League by virtue of finishing in the top four is Arsenal’s priority, ahead of the Europa League and a potential trophy at the end of the season.
The Swiss international was speaking after last night’s 1-0 win over Watford which put us above Man Utd and Chelsea into fourth place, and he insists that what happens in the Premier League comes first.
In fairness to him, it’s probably a way of urging focus and not becoming distracted by the possibility of a European final, and with three of our five remaining games away from home it’s crucial we treat every game with the utmost importance.
“We want to stay in the top four,” he said. “We want to be back in the Champions League.
“For me, the Premier League is first and after if you can go to the final and take the Europa League, of course, it is nice as well, but for us it is the Premier League first.
“We are now in fourth place, two points over United, one game less than Chelsea and one point behind Tottenham – and they play against Manchester City this weekend.
“This can be a big weekend for us.”
Arsenal will take on Crystal Palace at home on Sunday, but first up a trip to Italy to face a team second in Serie A. We have a two goal lead from the first leg, and scoring once would mean the Italians have to score four, so we’re in a strong position, but our form on the road has been such that you can’t take anything for granted with this team.