Arsenal’s season may have ended but for two of their fellow Premier League clubs, Wolves and Manchester United, their campaigns are still ongoing in European competition.
With both clubs in the late stages of the Europa League, I will be explaining why it is important from an Arsenal perspective that neither club lifts the famous old trophy.
In a possible scenario, if Manchester United win the Europa League this year they would have won two of the last four Europa League finals.
It’s bad enough to watch from the outside as a rival wins a title, especially when it’s a European title but it would be hard to take from an Arsenal perspective seeing a rival win two of the last four available Europa League’s, when in the last three seasons we’ve struggled in the exact same competition!
Another reason why it’s important that Manchester United don’t win the UEFA Europa League from an Arsenal viewpoint is that Ole Gunnar Solskjær is making Manchester United competitive again in European football.
Since his arrival, this can be witnessed in a Champions League quarterfinal and as of now Europa League quarterfinal. Why is this bad for Arsenal, you might be wondering?
Having qualified for next season’s Champions League, a Europa League win could really push Manchester United forward in Europe. If they were to make a good run in next seasons Champions League this would result in larger paydays, larger paydays which would further bridge the gap between Arsenal and Manchester United. At least financially.
A final reason why it’s oh so important Manchester United don’t win the trophy is Paul Pogba. To put it simply, Paul Pogba is a fantastic world class player.
If Manchester United were to win the Europa League, this could convince Pogba that this Manchester United squad are capable of lifting and challenging for silverware and could result in him staying put at the Red Devils.
Whereas if they get knocked out, not lifting silverware, perhaps Pogba will decide to move. Pogba leaving would make it easier for Arsenal to claw back some ground on Manchester United and even leap frog them.
Wolves are two potential games away from reaching the final, which would be a remarkable achievement for them. If they win the Europa League, they would automatically qualify for the Champions League and it could see Wolves cement themselves as a big team in the short and maybe even long-term future.
From my Arsenal viewpoint, Arsenal as we all know have finished 8th this season. Trying to break into the ‘’top 6’’, a goal for next season has become more complicated by the emergence of Wolves and Leicester City.
Wolves improving, winning silverware and playing Champions League football is not something I want to see happen. As an Arsenal fan, I respect and admire Wolves. What they have built, some of their players they have and of course their manager.
However as an Arsenal fan, I want players such as Raúl Jiménez, Diogo Jota and Rúben Neves to all leave Wolves as quickly and as soon as possible. I don’t want Wolves to be or remain a threat to Arsenal, I want to see them crumble and fall into mid table obscurity.
Wolves (if they get knocked out of European football) will not be playing in any European competition next season. If that were to happen, that’s good for Arsenal.
A competitor is weakened and hopefully some of their best players will leave. Wolves in the Champions League? That means their best players stay and the squad will be improved with new high-quality signings.
It’s obvious which one is best for Arsenal.
Here’s to Manchester United and Wolves failing to lift the Europa League and an underdog like FC København, FC Basel or Shakhtar Donetsk winning the 2020 UEFA Europa League.
A young writer who dreams of seeing Arsenal back in the Champions League. Particularly interested in the psyche, mentality and mental health of players – their motivation, the harmful effects of social media, and how the football world affects them.