Arsenal would take Europa League seriously – Wenger

The Frenchman says he can’t see a problem playing on Thursday and Sunday but insists his team are not out of the Champions League just yet

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal would take the Europa League seriously if they are knocked out of the Champions League.

The Gunners have struggled in Group F with just three points from four matches and welcome Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday knowing they will be knocked out if results go against them.

A third place finish would send Arsenal into the Europa League and Wenger says he does not think playing in Europe’s second-tier competition would impact on their Premier League title challenge.

“We would take the competition seriously – but we are not out yet,” he told reporters.

“I believe that this problem is exaggerated a little bit in England because we play Wednesday and Saturday, so it is the same as Thursday and Sunday. I can’t see the difference.

“There are plenty of examples in Portugal and Spain where teams have taken it seriously and won the championship. Benfica are the example, Sevilla have done well.”

Arsenal have not failed to progress from the initial Champions League group stage since 1999-2000, when they went on to reach the final of the Uefa Cup and lost on penalties to Galatasaray.

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