Jamie Carragher disagrees with Paul Merson about Arsenal

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The pundit has been discussing the Gunners' Premier League title chances.

Jamie Carragher believes getting knocked out of the Champions League - even if they then go into the Europa League - will give Arsenal their best opportunity in years to win the Premier League, according to his regular column in the Daily Mail.

Indeed, the former Liverpool defender believes Champions League elimination will give Arsene Wenger's men a huge boost domestically as it will free up their calendar during the week.

Carragher told the Mail: "Liverpool, remember, almost won the title in 2014 by having a clear calendar. You will say: ‘What about the Europa League?’

"But, if Arsenal finish third in their group, Wenger should use those Thursday games to give matches to players such as Calum Chambers, Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta. In fact, he should use them in the penultimate Champions League game and see where it leaves them."

Earlier this week, Paul Merson argued that finishing third in their Champions League group would hinder Arsenal.

Indeed, the former midfielder suggested qualifying for the Europa League would ruin the Gunners' title chances due to playing their European games on a Thursday night instead of a Tuesday or Wednesday.

But Carragher clearly feels the north London side would be better off in the Europa as they can rest their first team, disagreeing with Merson, as opposed to the obligation they would have to try their utmost if they were still in the Champions League.

It's an interesting school of thought. Both theories carry weight - it's just a matter of whether Wenger would play his first team in the Europa League or, as Carragher suggests, utilise fringe players and youngsters.

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