Arsene Wenger says winning the Europa League is a goal for Arsenal this season although he admitted finishing in the Premier League’s top-four remains the priority.
The Gunners will advance into the Europa League last-16 if they manage to avoid an upset following their 3-0 away win over Ostersunds in the first leg last Thursday.
On the domestic stage, Wenger’s men have been inconsistent this season and they currently sit sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea in fourth.
Qualifying for the Champions League through league position looks a long shot for Arsenal and many believe they should try and repeat Manchester United’s Europa League-winning exploits from last season.
However, Wenger says he is refusing to give up on a top-four finish right now and will not put all of his eggs in one basket.
“It [the Europa League] is one of the priorities we have but there’s a long way to go,” he said. “We have to get through tomorrow and then see who we get if we get through.
“We will focus to do well but ideally we want to come back to the Champions League through the Premier League.”
Arsenal could end the season with two trophies as they are in League Cup final action on Sunday against runaway league leaders Manchester City.
Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored on his debut after arriving in January, is expected to lead the line due to his ineligibility to play in Europe for his new employers.
City present a stern challenge, though, and the Citizens will be itching to get back to winning ways after suffering a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan on Monday.
Pep Guardiola’s men have won 23 of their 27 league matches and they beat Arsenal in the most recent meeting back in November, a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium.