Arsene Wenger: 'Europa League winners do not belong in Champions League'

Postado Августа 07, 2017

"It happened sometimes that we rested players in the group stage of the Champions League to prepare for the next Premier League game, because every Premier League game is so hard".

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Having returned to training with Arsenal, Sanchez seems to have calmed his determination to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer after Arsene Wenger remained adamant that the Chilean would stay in north London.

The Community Shield game against Chelsea on Sunday is an early chance to see what Arsenal look like liberated from the yoke of Europe's leading club competition, which is as Wenger would prefer to see it, although it does not tell the full story.

While the Red Devils - who finished in sixth place, beat Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League final in Stockholm to seal a spot in the Champions League.

Liverpool kick off their new Premier League campaign with a trip to Watford on Saturday 12 August.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Wenger revealed he has never been a fan of the rule, he said: "I was always against it".

Wenger's numbers do not bear scrutiny.

Arsenal will enter this season's Europa League at the group stage, with the first match coming in the middle of September.

Wenger's team finished last season 18 points adrift of Chelsea but they showed in the FA Cup final they could get the better of them over 90 minutes. The 48-year-old, one of the most decorated players in Italian football history with Lecce, Juventus and the national team, won three successive Serie A titles as Juventus boss and spent three years as Italy's head coach before moving into the Chelsea hotseat. I expect Chelsea to fight for the championship again and for us, when we have made 75 points, as we did last season, the target is to get 10 points more.

Here we go again.