Arsenal should forget about Premier League and focus on Europa League after ‘disastrous’ run, says legend Ray Parlour
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told the Gunners to give up their top-four bid and focus on winning the Europa League for the rest of the season.
The north London side have fallen behind in the top-four race after three straight defeats in the Premier League – the latest a 3-0 thumping by Leicester on Sunday.
Qualification for next season’s Champions League through their league position is still a possibility, as they only sit two points behind fourth place Chelsea with two games left to play.
But they also face two tough Europa League semi-final ties against Valencia, with the Gunners hosting the first leg on Thursday.
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Should the north Londoners win the Europa League, they will qualify for next season’s Champions League regardless of where they finish domestically.
And Parlour has urged Unai Emery to save his best team for the European games.
“It’s been a disaster, an absolute disaster for Arsenal,” the former Gunners midfielder said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
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“Their away form has been horrendous and they just haven’t been at the races in their last three games.
“I looked at the games against Crystal Palace, Wolves and then Leicester away – four points from nine is all they needed to possibly be in the top four, but how many did they get? None!
“I would put all the eggs in one basket now and go for the Europa League.
“Spurs will definitely be in the top four and you’ve got to fancy Chelsea for the other spot.”
Source: Prem News