Champions League exit will help Arsenal title bid, says Ian Wright

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The striker is the latest to suggest that an exit from Europe could be a boost to their Premier League hopes.

Writing in his column for the Sun, Ian Wright says he agrees with the idea that Arsenal exiting the Champions League could help their title hopes this season.

The Gunners are currently hanging on by a thread in the Champions League after they lost both of their first two games against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos.

They now face two games against Bayern Munich and must get a positive result against the in form Germans to have any hope of reaching the latter stages of Europe.

In contrast their domestic campaign is flying as they currently sit second in the table, just two points behind leaders Manchester City after nine games, and Wright says an exit from Europe could be the best for them.

"We all saw with Liverpool a couple of seasons ago how not being in Europe at all can really boost your chances," he wrote in his column in the Sun.

"Playing a day later than most of your rivals means you’re playing catch-up all the time — and then there is all the travel and demands of the European games themselves. If winning the Premier League comes at the expense of no European football at all, I’ll take it every day of the week."

Citing Liverpool as an example of why the lack of European football can be a blessing is an interesting angle from Wright, and one Arsenal may have considered.

That season saw Liverpool’s team able to perform to a higher level on a more consistent basis than their opponents because of their extended rest time, something which aided the likes of Luis Suarez the most.

While an exit from the Champions League would be disappointing from the Gunners, it is not a competition they are likely to win anyway, unlike the Premier League, which they do have a genuine chance of competing for.

That may tempt Arsene Wenger, who is sure to be keen he is capable of more title success having had his qualities questioned in recent years. Whether he is willing to sacrifice Europe for that, is another question.

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