March 22, 2018

Europa League Won't Distract Arsenal — Mkhitaryan

23 February 2018, 09:02 | Dan Bryan

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Playing the second leg at the Emirates Stadium on March 15 is good news for Arsenal but they will need to improve if they are to defeat the Italian side.

The manager also insisted that despite concerns surrounding Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi, who were substituted late on, both will be fit for Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Arsenal needed a response following a disastrous first half, and respond they did as Kolasinac fired the Gunners ahead two minutes after the restart.

Nacho Monreal, Sotirios Papagiannopoulos and Mesut Ozil scored during the victory for Arsenal on the road in Sweden.

The Gunners were a shambles: uninterested, and outplayed by the Swedish minnows, who sparked boos from the home faithful by winning 2-1 at the Emirates in a game the hosts were accused of being too arrogant to take seriously.

"It is one of the priorities that we have but there is a long way to go", he said of a competition that still boasts the likes of Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan as potential future opponents. "It's not like a light switch, you can't just turn it on and off", Keane told ITV, as quoted by Goal.

"We were nowhere near it and not good enough".

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'I think this team have more quality than my teams.

Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea FC. Instead, two more games without scoring and he continues to look a long way off his best.

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has stuck the boot into Arsenal following a shambolic performance at home to Ostersunds. But the biggest aim now is to win the Europa League.

Manager Arsene Wenger defended Wilshere in response to Keane's comments, though he conceded the England worldwide did not play well. Milan beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

They will now take on Milan, a team with great continental pedigree.

Celtic have now failed to reach the last 16 of a European tournament since the 2012-13 Champions League, while Zenit are still hoping to repeat their UEFA Cup success from 10 years ago after the 3-1 aggregate win. It returned to the continent's second-tier competition after a disappointing group phase in this season's Champions League.

Despite the loss, the Gunners managed to advance to the Europa League last 16 via a 4-2 aggregate victory.

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