Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has suggested Arsenal should welcome elimination from the competition.
Arsenal's Champions League adventure is finely poised.
A loss at home to Borussia Dortmund combined win a Napoli win against Marseille leaves the three teams all tied on six points.
The Gunners have to face both teams away from home, matches which will surely define their fate.
Former Manchester United man Roy Keane told ITV:
"I don't think it's a bad thing if Arsenal got knocked out.
"They could concentrate on winning the Premier League, it's the best chance they've had in a while.
"Arsene Wenger may not agree."
Whether he thinks it will happen is another matter. Despite criticising the team's attacking impotency against the Germans, he is confident the Gunners can qualify.
"I still think they'll do enough. I think them and Dortmund are stronger than Napoli and I still think they'll do it."
There is one obvious flaw in Keane's theory which he has not thought through.
Marseille being rooted on zero points after three games means if Arsenal did miss out, would go into the Europa League.
This would mean more long European trips combined with sapped confidence, and surely that can't be good for their Premier League challenge no matter which way it is dressed up.
What do you think of Keane's comments?
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