17 Apr Arsenal news: Per Mertesacker backs Gunners to raise Europa League this year
The club’s former defender was impressed by their performances in Europe this period before the quarter-final next leg against Napoli
Per Mertesacker has tipped his former side Arsenal to win the Europa League this year.
The Gunners haven’t had it easy from the Europa League knockout phases this period, having lost the first leg at both the past 32 and continue 16.
But after falling to BATE Borisov and Rennes respectively, the Gunners turned things around in every one of these second legs in the Emirates Stadium to get to the contest’s quarter-final stage.
Arsenal conquer Napoli 2-0 in north London on Thursday to conquer their first-leg problems in Europe.
And Mertesacker, who retired at the conclusion of last year to become the club’s academy director, today considers the Gunners could go all of the way, although he cautioned them before a tough second leg at Naples.
“Surely,” Mertesacker informed Target when requested if Arsenal could go all of the way at the Europa League.
“The team is in the middle of the struggle for the top four in the league, has got the Europa League and has increased during these adventures.
“The first leg has been fantastic, but in Naples – the town, the lovers, the exceptional atmosphere – it could quickly go in another direction.
“We’re thankful that we didn’t concede a goal. Nonetheless, the opportunities for your semi-final are great – and we must compensate for this following last year’s removal.”
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Arsenal attained the semi-final of past year’s Europa League, but had been knocked out by Atletico Madrid at a 2-1 aggregate outcome.
Atletico goes on to acquire the contest by beating Marseille 3-0 in the past.
The Gunners are in a top-four struggle in the Premier League, holding on the fourth-place place on goal difference over Chelsea.