Cech delivers honest verdict on Europa League football for Arsenal
By Russell Edge
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has said his side is focused solely on their own results in their hunt for Champions League football but insists the Europa League is not to be disrespected.
The Gunners go into the final day of the season sitting in fifth, knowing that they have to secure victory over Everton and hope that fourth placed Liverpool fail to beat already-relegated Middlesbrough to have a chance of finishing in a top-four spot.
They could also qualify if Watford manage to pull off a shock victory against Manchester City and there is a five goal swing in Arsenal’s favour.
However, veteran goalkeeper Cech knows that the Gunners’ sole focus must be on picking up victory.
He told Sky Sports: “There is only one thing we can do which is to win.
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“I never care about the other results so I am not going to start now.”
Finishing fifth would see the Gunners miss out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in two decades, instead entering the Europa League for next season.
However, the Czech international keeper insists that the second tier competition is not to be taken lightly, especially with Champions League football the prize for the victors.
Cech tasted victory in the competition with Chelsea back in 2013, but admitted he would still rather be competing in the Champions League.
“Obviously I would rather be in the Champions League, that’s for sure,” he told Sky Sports.
“A European trophy is a European trophy.
“You can see more and more, big teams are treating the Europa League with respect.”
In other Arsenal news, Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to react to the Gunners’ win over Sunderland on Tuesday.