We all know what Champions League means to Arsenal football club, not just the financial reward that comes with qualifying for the competition but keeping, as well as buying, big-name players. If we were to miss out, things could go tits up very quickly – some players would consider their futures and the club would struggle to sign the top stars of the footballing old. Not that we go all out and splash the cash to bring them in, but they would certainly not consider a move to The Emirates if we are not offering Champions League football. So Theo Walcott is not wrong to say that it would be a ‘tragedy’ if we failed to qualify for Europe’s major cup competition next season:
‘We want to be at places like Bayern Munich again.
‘It would be a tragedy for this team not to be in the Champions League.
‘Since I’ve been at Arsenal, I’ve always been in the Champions League and I definitely want to keep it that way.’
We would all like to keep it that way Theo, not only for the players’ sake, but for the club’s as well. The Arsenal hierarchy claim we would be financial stable even if we didn’t finish in the top four, but it would reap so many repercussions in the long-term – just look at what happened at Liverpool!
I for one couldn’t imagine us not competing in the Champions League next season having been in it for the past 15 years or so. Although we are never real contenders for the big trophy, being apart of the competition is vital for a club like Arsenal. Period.
Would it be a ‘tragedy’ if we failed to qualify for the Champions League?
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