Arsenal are 'too good for the Europa League' and will reach final, says Qarabag boss

Qarabag were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at the Emirates last night with Alexandre Lacazette’s first-half strike the decider.

Gurbanov predicted Arsenal will win the competition, and cited they should be competing in Europe's top flight, the Champions League.

He said: “I believe the team will reach the final.

“I would love to see Arsenal in Baku for the final.

“Arsenal should not play in the Europa League.

“They should be playing in the Champions League.”

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has used Europe’s understudy competition as an opportunity to experiment with younger players.

The switch up in squad paid off as Arsenal topped their group stage winning all but one game as they drew at home to Sporting Lisbon.

Youngsters such as Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock, and Eddie Nketiah were all handed starts in the group stage as Emery afforded regular starters to rest in the week.

Last season Arsenal reached the semi-finals of the Europa League losing to eventual winners Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea join Arsenal in the next round of the competition as they too topped their group.

The Blues are the last English side to win the competition when they lifted the trophy in 2013, a year after they also won the Champions League.

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