Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has admitted that a season out of the Champions League would be beneficial to the club in the long term.
The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Barclay’s Premier League and are locked in a tense battle for Champions League qualification with Roberto Martinez’s Everton. Sitting just one point ahead of the Toffees, Arsenal snatched an advantage this week when Martinez’s side suffered a surprise 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace.
However, with the club also set for FA Cup final date against Hull City next month, Wright believes that focusing on a potential piece of silverware, rather than fourth place, could do more for the club in the long term.
“The problem I’ve always had is the calibre of player that they’re going in for,” Wright said on Ball Street’s ‘4-5-1’ show. “We should be going in for the same players that [Manchester] City, Chelsea, [Manchester] United and now Liverpool are most probably going for. For me I would take the FA Cup and if they slipped down to fifth place, the pressure that it would take of the club and the players would help them.
“I think they’re under a lot of pressure with the history of what’s happened with the club. The players they’ve got there, they’re not good enough to alleviate that pressure. You’ve seen how we played against some of these teams, the pressure is getting to the boys. Even with the cup final, it’s brilliant that it’s a one off game, and I do believe they will beat Hull but I’m not going to say it’s a foregone conclusion.”