Petr Cech has confirmed that Arsenal’s priority this season remains a top four finish and Champions League qualification.
“Our priority is to get into the top four [so we can] be in the Champions League and then you want to progress and evolve as a club, as a team.’’ Cech told arsenal.com.
“We have a new manager and obviously we set our targets so if we can win a trophy together in the first season it would be a good achievement.
“You play every game to win and this time we were in the FA Cup, we have the tradition as a club to do well and if we can win it, we’d like to do so.
“It is the same with the Europa League – we started really well and are in the last 32.
“These are two targets but the Premier League remains a big objective, to get into the top four.”
Unai Emery is a coach with a reputation for winning trophies. However, the message he’ll be getting from the Arsenal board will echo Cech’s comments.
The Europa League and FA Cup will no doubt bring some cheer to Gunners fans, but the Champions League is where they ultimately need to be. A top four finish would represent a staggering achievement for Emery and would buy him a lot more time with the board than a trophy win.