Premier League is Arsenal’s priority over Europa League, admits Granit Xhaka

first_imgGranit Xhaka says Arsenal will prioritise the top four (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka admits Arsenal will be prioritising the Premier League over the Europa League for the remainder of the season.Unai Emery’s side are into the last-16 of the Europa League and will take on French side Rennes.Winning the competition ensures the Gunners are reinstated into the Champions League after two seasons outside the competition.However, Arsenal are just four points behind rivals Tottenham in third and Xhaka says they’ll prioritise their league position.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Arsenal are fighting on two fronts (Picture: Getty)‘After Arsene Wenger left a lot of things changed in this club’ said Xhaka.‘We are happy with the coach, we improve a lot, we work a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a big step if we come back to the Champions League. We want it as well. It’s not easy, we know that, but we keep working.‘Two times in two years we didn’t play Champions League. A club like Arsenal have to play in the Champions League and we have to show that always on the pitch.‘We work a lot, changed our identity, you can see that week after week. It’s important that we are there, not so far from the Champions League. Last games we want to take the points and to finish in the top four.‘If you win Europa League you go straight away to Champions League. But I think Premier League is our first priority to go the Champions League.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSpurs’ late equaliser on Saturday meant they prevented Arsenal from going to within a point of their north London rivals.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a late penalty to seal the win but Xhaka doesn’t blame the striker, instead claiming he showed his bravery to take it.‘If you take [a penalty] on 90 minutes, a penalty in the derby you have big balls,’ said Xhaka.‘Not all players would take this one. We are happy he took the penalty.’MORE: Anthony Martial set to miss Manchester United’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Mar 2019 11:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link705Shares Premier League is Arsenal’s priority over Europa League, admits Granit Xhakalast_img read more