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Winning the Europa League can salvage Arsenal’s 2017/2018 campaign

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The arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang from Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund respectively in the winter transfer window gave the Gunners faithful fresh optimism after the north London club put in a majestic display against Sam Allarydce’s Everton at the Emirates a fortnight ago as the FA Cup holders took the Toffees to the cleaners by defeating them 5-1.

However, the 5-1 win against Everton seemed like the perfect way to prepare for the Derby, but fast forward to full-time in the north London Derby last week Saturday, the new-found optimism was cut-short by Spurs hitman Harry Kane whose towering header was enough to secure a win and bragging rights against a below-par Arsenal side who could only muster one shot on target throughout the game.

While Spurs are showing they are ready to push for a top four finish having closed the gap on defending Champions Chelsea to a point, the Gunners look destined to miss out on Champions League football for the second time, having missed out on the top four last term after finishing fifth on the log.

With eleven games to go and now eight points adrift Champions League places, the Gunners chances of finishing in the top four looks slim coupled with their poor away form in the League having picked up just 13 points from a possible 42 on the road, it can only be fitting for Arsene Wenger to follow in the foot-steps of rivals Manchester United last season by prioritising the Europa League after giving up hope of finishing in the top four.

Although, winning the Europa League looks more difficult for the Gunners this season compared to that of United last term with the presence of heavyweight like Napoli, Atletico Madrid, and Dortmund present in the competition this season but with the right hunger, determination and belief, Arsene Wenger might salvage the Gunners season by winning the only competition that would ensure their participation in the Champions League next term.

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