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Wenger would take Europa League seriously

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Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger awaits kick-off of the English League Cup 3rd round match Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, at White Hart Lane in north London, on September 23, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger awaits kick-off of the English League Cup 3rd round match Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal, at White Hart Lane in north London, on September 23, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

LONDON, November 24- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes his side can progress in the Champions League, but reveals he would try win the Europa League if they don’t.

The Gunners find themselves in a precarious position in Europe’s elite club competition, having lost three of their four Group F games and are six points behind Olympiakos and Bayern Munich with just two games left to play.

Regardless, Wenger remains confident they will qualify from the group stages, but did admit he will take the Europa League seriously if they fall short.

“We would take the competition seriously – but we are not out yet,” he told Sky Sports. “There are plenty of examples in Portugal and Spain where teams have taken it seriously and won the championship. Benfica are the example, Sevilla have done well.”

Arsenal obviously need to win both of their matches to stand any chance of qualifying and they need to make up a four-goal difference, but their plans will be unraveled if Olympiakos pick up just a single point in the next two outings.

Some have suggested Bayern and Olympiakos might conspire to draw their match on Tuesday, thus ensuring both teams of their passage into the last 16, but Wenger can’t see it happening.

“If Bayern don’t win they could still be second in the group because they go to Zagreb where they can lose,” he explained. “In front of their crowd they will want to win. That will be really Machiavellian to think they will deliberately lose to get us out.”

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