/Arsenal are too good for the Europa League and should be in the Champions League, claims Qarabag manager

Arsenal are too good for the Europa League and should be in the Champions League, claims Qarabag manager


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Qarabag boss Gurban Gurbanov believes last year’s Europa League semi-finalists Arsenal will go all the way in this year’s competition

Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov claimed that Arsenal are too good for the Europa League after his side fell to a 1-0 loss at the Emirates on Thursday night.

Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half strike consigned Gurbanov’s men to defeat in north London, though he was proud of his side’s performance – against a team he believes will go all the way in the competition.

Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov says Arsenal are too good for the Europa League

Qarabag manager Gurban Gurbanov says Arsenal are too good for the Europa League

Arsene Wenger was denied a fairytale ending at Arsenal when they were knocked out in the semi-finals of last year’s competition

Arsene Wenger was denied a fairytale ending at Arsenal when they were knocked out in the semi-finals of last year’s competition

He told reporters after the game: “I believe the team will reach the final.

“I would love to see Arsenal in Baku for the final.”

The former professional striker turned manager stated that he believes the Gunners should be going up against the best teams in the world – thus challenging for the the most illustrious European trophy.

Gurbanov added: “Arsenal should not play in the Europa League.

“They should be playing in the Champions League.”

The Gunners are unbeaten in 22 games across all competitions under new boss Unai Emery

The Gunners are unbeaten in 22 games across all competitions under new boss Unai Emery

The Gunners reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid.

Before that they had competed in the Champions League for 20 years running – so will be hoping for a return next year under new boss Unai Emery.

The Gunners, who will automatically qualify for the Champions League should they win the Europa League, are currently 22 games unbeaten in all competitions.

Emery’s men will learn more about their pathway to the final when the draw for the last 32 is made on Monday.

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