Monday 25th September, 2017
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Cech : No shame playing Europa League

Cech : No shame playing Europa League

Arsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has insisted that he and his teammates will treat the Europa League with respect if they fail to earn a top-four place.

Arsene Wenger's side only have a chance of sealing a top-four position if both Liverpool fail to beat Middlesbrough and the Gunners overcome Everton.

If not, the North London outfit will have to settle for a spot in the second tier European competition rather than the Champions League, of which they have qualified for in the past 21 years.

"A European trophy is a European trophy," The Mirror quotes Cech as saying. "I have to say, you want to have the Champions League one rather than the Europa League one, but you can see, more and more, big teams are treating the Europa League with respect because it is a European trophy.

"Now you can qualify for the Champions League [by winning it too. It is a fantastic memory for myself to look at the medal. I have only played in it [the Europa League] once and was fortunate, in one go, to have won it. But obviously I would rather be in the Champions League, that's for sure. Let's see what will happen."

Arsenal still has an opportunity to win a trophy this season as they will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final.