Manchester United made it a priority at some point last season to win the Europa League not just to qualify for the Champions League group stage, but also for the trophy itself. Arsene Wenger looks at this exactly the opposite way, and he made it very-very clear.
I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game. In the Europa League, if we can afford sometimes to rest some players, we will do it
the Arsenal manager said, making it all too clear that success in the second biggest international club competition in Europe is not a priority for him, and, subsequently, for the club.
I was always against it. Because apart from Man United, who did win the Europa League having started in the competition, all the years before it was always a team who was kicked out of the Champions League. You cannot go into the season and think like that
the Frenchman then said, referring to the fact that the winner of the Europa League is given (for two years now) the privilege to take part in next season’s Champions League group stage.
I always was not in favour of that, because I think at some stage it can influence on the championship, because if a team is in April in a position where they have more chance to win the Europa League, they can let some games go in the championship, and not completely focus on that, on the regularity of the competition
Wenger also said, pretty much photographing Man United, and what they did last season.