Granit Xhaka says it’s time for Arsenal to end their long wait for a European trophy.
Since George Graham’s side won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994, the Gunners have lost in the final of both the UEFA Cup and Champions League.
Wednesday’s Europa League final with Chelsea represents a prime opportunity to claim a major European honour and, following our 5th placed finish in the Premier League, a final chance to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“It’s time to take a trophy,” Xhaka said, ahead of the final in Baku. “Arsenal, 25 years — we want to do everything to take a trophy back to the club, for the fans, for us.”
The Swiss international added, “We have to be in the Champions League. We haven’t played there for two years and we have to be there next season.
“All the players, the fans, the club — we want to play against the best teams, and the best teams are in the Champions League. We want to be back there.”
Xhaka also shed light on how Unai Emery is leaning on his fantastic record in the competition – the Spaniard has won the Europa League three times with Sevilla – to inspire his players.
“We don’t speak about it [his record] to each other but he speaks with us about his own experience and how he won the trophy three times,” said the midfielder.
“It’s a lot. I think he would be the first coach if wins a fourth so it’s nice if you are alone at the top, yeah.
He added: “If you are three times in the final in the Europa League you have a lot of experience, know how you feeling, how is the pressure and I think anything else stays within our group. But he takes away the pressure but if you are in a final there is always pressure.”