Friday, May 14

Europa League: Peter Crouch predicts whether Arsenal, Man United could win trophy

Former Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch, predicted that he wouldn’t put money on Arsenal beating Manchester United or Roma in the Europa League final this season.

Arsenal booked their place in the Europa League semi-finals last week after eliminating Slavia Prague from the competition.

Mikel Arteta’s side will face Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final next week, while Manchester United will take on Roma in the other Europa League semi-final fixture.

“They [Arsenal] will not be qualifying for Europe through the Premier League.

“I look at them sitting in ninth, with 46 points, and I don’t see how any Arsenal fan could say the domestic season has been positive. The 1-1 draw with Fulham summed up everything about the way the year has gone.

“The Europa League offers a shot at redemption, but would I put money on them to beat Manchester United or Roma in the final? No.

“They’re not as good as United, and I don’t even think it’s a given they will beat Villarreal in the semi-finals.

“It is Catch-22 as they need to buy players to improve but not being in Europe will mean they can’t attract the ones they want. So, yes, it’ll be hugely detrimental.

“When you think about it, twenty-five years in Europe is staggering. It again shows just how good Arsene Wenger was for Arsenal,” Crouch told the Daily Mail.

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