Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell has backed the club to ‘do a Manchester United’ and win the Europa League in order to return to the Champions League.
The Gunners are not part of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time in over 20 years and Campbell believes it’s imperative they make their way back to the top as soon as possible.
“I think the main priority [for Arsenal] is to get back into Champions League … they need to get back into the big time,” Campbell told ESPN FC.
“They might have to do it the Man United way — win the Europa League. Hopefully they can do that, but it’s not easy.”
Competition for the top four in the Premier League is tight and Arsenal may regret losing to José Mourinho’s men last weekend come May.
Despite the result, Campbell believes there was plenty to take from the 3-1 defeat.
“They’ve done pretty well overall. If they can build on that performance against Manchester United — but cut out the first 10 minutes — they’ll be OK,” said Campbell, who was part of the Arsenal defence that went unbeaten the last time they won the title.
He should, then, know a thing or two about defending. Though Campbell was encouraged by Arsenal’s performance against Manchester United, he still feels reinforcements are required at the back.
“But Arsenal are two defenders short of being a top team. They really need to push the boat out and buy a couple more players.”