Arsenal boss, Unai Emery has disclosed his side’s Europa League target, ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium.
The Spaniard said Arsenal’s target this campaign was to top their group and eventually win the competition so that they can qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Emery’s men head to tonight’s game against Sporting after playing a 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend in the Premier League.
A win for Emery’s side against the Portuguese club will ensure Arsenal top the group.
“Of course the first (thought) for us is to finish first in this group,” London Football News quoted Emery as saying at pre-match.
“It is a very important match because they are second in the table and if we win, we are first in the group. That’s our clear target.
“We want to find our focus in two ways – one is in this competition, which is very important for us. It’s one way (to win) a title and get into the Champions League next year.
“The second focus is on our work, to continue to improve and to continue with the players, taking responsibility and confidence.
“They (Sporting) are a team with very good players, very good history, also in this competition.
“They’ve changed the coach but I think for them tomorrow is a very big match and a very good test in this competition, also for fighting for first position against us. But we want tomorrow to give a big match with our personality.”