Premier League to take precedence over Europa League, says Arsene Wenger

Premier League to take precedence over Europa League, says Arsene Wenger

The Frenchman noted in May that the two most recent league champions - Chelsea and Leicester City - did not play European football during their title-winning campaigns.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today given his thoughts on the fact that Premier League rivals Manchester United qualified for this season's Champions League via winning the Europa League.

Arsenal's fifth-placed finish last season meant they missed out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and they will play in the less prestigious Europa League instead.

"For us it is a good opportunity to focus completely on the Premier League, but anyway I would say that the Premier League has in my opinion taken over from the Champions League interest-wise". Perhaps it is because he used to play for two of our big Premier League rivals with Liverpool and Manchester United, but he nearly always has something negative to say about our club, our manager or our players.

"I would like them to stand behind the team as we might go through some very good periods and some not so good periods".

"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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Chelsea face Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday before hosting Burnley in their opening game of the Premier League season.

Chelsea won the Premier League last season by a comfortable margin. "Will they make as many points?"

'I think at some stage it can influence on the championship'.

The Blues will be looking to get revenge for their FA Cup final defeat at the hands of Arsenal last season.

Wenger told BBC Sport following Sunday's game: "We had some hard moments at the start of the second half but after that we dominated".