Arsene Wenger warned about Arsenal’s top-four challenge
Danny Mills believes Arsenal's best chance of securing a Champions League spot could be winning the Europa League
Danny Mills has suggested that Arsenal’s best chance of securing a return to the Champions League is by winning the Europa League.
The Gunners have struggled in the 2017-18 season so far despite spending a club-record £58m fee on Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon in the summer transfer window.
Arsenal won their opening seven Premier League games at home before Arsene Wenger’s side lost 3-1 to title rivals Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners’ performance on the road has undermined their impressive record in north London following two victories in nine away games.
Wenger’s men have lost to Liverpool, Watford, Stoke City and Premier League leaders Manchester City on the road this season.
Arsenal have drawn their last two away Premier League games with Southampton and West Ham United to leave them in seventh place.
The Gunners will take on Newcastle United at The Emirates in this weekend as the Magpies look to end a four-game losing run.
Wenger’s men qualified for the Europa League last 32 thanks to five victories and one stalemate in the group stage.
Manchester United booked their place in the Champions League after a 2-0 win against Ajax in the Europa League final last term.
Former Manchester City defender Mills believes Arsenal’s best hope of reaching the Champions League next term is through the Europa League.
“It is going to be a very frustrating season for Arsenal,” Mills told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“They’re only route in the Champions League is to win the Europa League.”
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