Arteta admits Europa League ‘really important’ for Arsenal after Man City loss

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits his team is facing a “final” against Benfica in the Europa League.

The Gunners must win at home or draw 0-0 if they hope to progress to the last 16 of the competition.

And after losing to Manchester City on Sunday, Arteta admits his side must win the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League.

Asked about the Europa League by reporters, Arteta replied: “It’s really important, but obviously every defeat now in the League puts us in a much more difficult position.

“We have to take it game by game and we need a run of games. I think we have a big run of performances, but we’ve lost three games now in different ways and it’s not what we want obviously.”

He added: “I don’t know if it will be five, four or seven [changes]. We will have to see how they react from today’s performance.

“It was a really tough game physically for both because it was full gas from the beginning and we will see who will be available and fit to be there.

“Obviously we need a fresh team and we need legs as well because then the decision making and everything becomes better when they are fresh. We will see who’s available.”

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