Speaking to L’Equipe, quoted by the Daily Mail, in the wake of Arsenal being knocked out of the Champions League, Wenger has admitted that playing in the Europa League could be better for the Gunners.
A 2-0 victory in Monaco was not enough to salvage a result for the North London club, who went out of the competition on away goals. An inability to deal with the principality club at the Emirates cost them, and, although a valiant comeback at the Stade Louis II, the story is once again the same for Arsenal.
Consistent qualification for the knock-out stages has always been an impressive record by Wenger, but he has a seriously tarnished record in the last 16. Another failure to reach the quarter-finals has shown up the Gunners squad, and has suggested that maybe winning the Champions League is too much of a stretch for them.
After such a result, it comes as no surprise to see Wenger address the current state of Arsenal’s squad, although, speaking to L’Equipe, the former Monaco man gave a frank admission that maybe the Europa League would be a better competition to qualify for.
“Perhaps it would be better not to go out like this and make the Europa League,” the French veteran said. “We would be more likely to win.”
It is unlikely that Wenger would actually settle for the Europa League, even if he did win it, as the Gunners have built a reputation as perennial Champions League contenders. However, the gap in quality is plain to see, and maybe they could benefit by winning a European trophy - regardless of its reputation.