BT pundit Ian Wright hopes his Tottenham taunts don't come back to haunt him over Arsenal

Ian Wright explains why he does not want Arsenal to drop into the Europa League.

Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has admitted he has extra reason to hope the Gunners do not drop into the Europa League.

Arsenal beat Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League last night, and are battling for second place in their group behind Bayern Munich.

They need to beat Olympiakos by two goals or more in order to qualify in their last group game, but must do so away from home.

Wright has his own reasons for wanting Arsenal to win apart from his own emotional connections to the club, and that is because the Europa League is a competition he has derided rivals Tottenham for being in over recent seasons.

If Arsenal fail to get the result required against Olympiakos then they will drop into Europe's second tier competition, and be faced with playing on Thursday nights.

Wright admitted, speaking to BT Sport: "I just hope that they can get there. Simply because, the amount of times I've teased Tottenham about playing on a Thursday."

There would be one redeeming factor though if Arsenal were to drop into the Europa League - a better chance of lifting the trophy.

Barcelona looked unstoppable last night as they beat Roma 6-1, and Arsenal saw Bayern's worst earlier this month, beaten 5-1, and winning the Champions League will be a tall order.

Qualifying is clearly ideal, but dropping down is not all bad, providing Arsenal invest in their squad in January and have the players to compete on multiple fronts.

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