Ian Wright hopes Arsenal do not qualify for Champions League last 16

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright would rather that his former club are eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages, so that they can focus their attention on winning the Premier League title for the first time in more than a decade. 

Speaking on BT Sport’s Fletch and Sav show this morning, the former England forward expressed his opinion ahead of the Gunners’ must-win game at home to Dinamo Zagreb this week. 

Defeat to the Croatian side on match day one, followed by an embarrassing loss at the Emirates to  Olympiakos left Arsenal without a point on the board from their opening Champions League fixtures. 

Victory at home to Bayern Munich has given them a lifeline though, and victories in their final two games – providing the Greeks don’t get a point in their game against Pep Guardiola’s side – will ensure that Arsene Wenger is lining up in the knockout stages once again. 

However, Wright doesn’t think that the prestige and financial benefits that accompany playing in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition are enough for fans to want their club to progress in the coming weeks. 

The 52-year-old said: “I don’t know if Arsenal’s squad is strong enough to deal with a European campaign or Europa campaign with the fact that they’re going for the Premier League.” 

The North London club are currently level on points with league leaders Manchester City and stand a real chance of lifting the title for the first time since their incredible 'Invincibles' campaign.

Arsenal fans: Would you rather see your team lift the Premier League, or make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League? Leave your thoughts below!

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