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How Best Can Arsenal Qualify For The Champions League Next Season

Arsenal started their Europa League campaign in exquisite fashion; convincingly easing past German side, FC Köln. With another tough battle for next season’s Champions League qualification set to ensue in England, how best will Arsenal secure themselves a spot among Europe’s elite next term?

Qualifying for a European competition is one of the ultimate target of almost every European football club. Still, not every team can meet that target. For teams with the financial muscle and a talented crop of players, qualifying for Europe isn’t good enough; the UEFA Champions League is the main goal – that’s where the big boys play.

The reason for the frenzy to qualify for Europe’s top club competition is not far-fetched. The glamour, prestige and money it accrues for both clubs and players are too tempting to resist. By winning the Champions League last season, Spanish side, Real Madrid grossed over £500 million in revenue.

In England, Premier League clubs fall over themselves in a bid to finish among the top four and secure a Champions League berth. Aside finishing among the first quartet, a Premier League team competing in either of the Europa League or Champions League can fundamentally qualify for a Champions League place by winning any of the aforementioned tournaments, regardless of where they finish in the league.

That brings us to the curios case of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. Since the Frenchman took charge of the North London outfit, they’ve never finished below fourth in the League, for the past 20 years. That was before last season anyway; a fifth place finish meant Wenger’s men would be playing Thursday night football this season – the Europa League. They haven’t played in the competition since 2000 when they finished third in their Champions League group. That year, they dropped to the then UEFA cup and made their way to the final only to suffer heartbreak at the hands of Galatasaray.

The unequivocal certainty is that Arsenal would be desperate to get back among Europe’s crème de crème ASAP; that means next season. To achieve that, they must focus squarely in doing remarkably well in any or both of the Europa League and Premier League. But that’s a tough one, even for the best of teams.

Last season, Jose Mourinho led his Manchester United side to Europa League success. However, it was much to the detriment of their League campaign as the Red Devils finished a dismal 6th. Regardless, their Europa League triumph meant they had earned themselves a front row ticket to the Champions League this season. Can Arsene Wenger do the same with Arsenal this term?

As far as a top four finish goes, Arsenal could find it out of reach by the end of May. I can’t see past a Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs or Liverpool as this season’s first tetrad.

As the league gets tougher, other competitions (chiefly the Europa League) would begin to pull strings on players fitness, fatigue would set in, then the inevitable injuries. If priorities aren’t set early, things could easily spin out of control. Arsenal’s focus should be beamed squarely on succeeding in the Europa League. They’re easily the best team in the competition.

With the required effort, Arsene Wenger can win himself his first European trophy plus the Champions League ticket he so craves.

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