Manchester United Legend, Roy Keane has advised Arsenal to consider forfeiting their chances for success in the Uefa Champions League and focus all their attention on winning the English Premier League title.
The Gunners are top of both competitions at the moment but face a more difficult challenge in qualifying from the group stages of Europe’s elite competition, with Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund leaving Arsene Wenger’s side tied on six points with Borussia Dortmund and Napoli. It doesn’t get much easier for the English side in the UCL, whose next two games in the competition are back to back away games at Dortmund and Naples respectively.
It is perhaps due to this delicate situation which the Gunners find themselves that Roy Keane believes the current EPL leaders should re-assess their priorities and go all out to claim a 1st league title in 10 years.
“I don’t think it’s a bad thing if Arsenal got knocked out (of the Champions League)”, said the Ex-Sunderland manager, on ITV.
“They could concentrate on winning the Premier League, it’s the best chance they’ve had in a while. Arsene Wenger may not agree.”
However, the Irish man also goes on to say that the. Gunners are still very much capable of advancing into the last 16 of the UCL, despite yesterday’s home defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
“I still think they’ll do enough. I think them and Dortmund are stronger than Napoli and I still think they’ll do it.”
Knowing Arsene Wenger, he almost certainly won’t sacrifice the UCL for League success, especially as the Gunners find themselves in the “group of death”. The Frenchman would want to prove a point by qualifying from the group, and also look to maintain their lead at the top of the EPL log. Add that to the fact that not qualifying for the 2nd round of Europe’s top competition would mean they’ll drop to the continent’s 2nd tier competition, which further means the Gunners will play even more games than in the UCL.