Carragher fears Arsenal may face 'big problem' next season
Jamie Carragher has told The Overlap that Arsenal face a massive problem next season if they finish outside the Champions League places and end up in the Europa League.
The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League table. And they have a game in hand over the sides below them in the running for that last Champions League spot.
It has certainly been a massive step in the right direction for Arsenal, no matter how this campaign concludes. Many of the signings they pursued in the summer were ridiculed. And they went into the first international break bottom of the table.
Obviously, finishing below fourth spot would be a disappointment. But this season has definitely been a success for Arsenal given the potential the current squad looks to have.
However, Carragher sees a major issue if Arsenal do not hold onto their current position, given that they are likely to now end up in another competition.
“I do feel the next 10 games of the season are absolutely massive for Arteta and Arsenal,” he told The Overlap. “And I’ve said how well they’ve done. The reason you’re in this position is because you’ve got no Europe. Now, even if you don’t make the Champions League, next year you’d be in the Europa League.
“And that would be a big problem for you in terms of getting back in the top-four. I think this is an opportunity right now that you have to take.”
Arsenal can thrive in Europa League despite Carragher concerns
It is not always ideal for clubs to play in the Europa League. For some reason, playing on a Thursday and then a Sunday is seen as being more harmful than Wednesday and Saturday.
But Arsenal now have an incredibly hungry squad. They are clearly desperate to prove people wrong and take the Gunners as far as they can.
Playing in the Europa League would not be ideal given how far they have come. But Arsenal have the kind of team that could really thrive in that competition.
They would certainly be amongst the favourites. And it may still represent a good next step for the club as they continue to make more and more progress.
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