Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger
Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seems like he is has given up on the Gunners' chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season because he, instead of finding the idea of his club playing in the Europa League dreadful, has gone and praised the Europa League claiming its quality of football to be "better than many Champions League games."

"The Europa League final was a fantastic game. Atletico Madrid against Athletic Bilbao was fantastic to watch, much better than many Champions League games," said Wenger, according to a Mirror report.

Although the 62-year-old Frenchman is confident of the Gunners of making it to the Champions League next season, he hinted that he would mind seeing Arsenal compete in the Europa League next season.

"Personally, I don't feel it's a useless competition. What's a useless competition for you? For me, a good competition is when you see two good teams play a good game," he added.

Wenger claims that the Europa Cup matches are more interesting as compared to the Champions League games.

"I watched Bilbao and Atletico Madrid and I watched the whole game, didn't miss a second. That's what competition has to produce - fantastic football games. There are some boring Champions League games but, of course, you want to be in the Champions League," the Independent quoted Wenger as saying.

The Frenchman also feels that that there is not much difference in the match schedules for both the competitions.

"When you play Thursday night and Sunday it's exactly the same as Wednesday night and Saturday. If you ask me if we prefer the Champions League to Europa League then you are completely right," he said, according to an ESPN report.

Arsenal, who are currently sitting in the third place just a few points above Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, will have to register a win their final game if they want to qualify for the Champions League next season.

If they fail to win then the Gunners' Champions League fate will be decided by Newcastle's and Tottenham's results in their respective final games against Everton and Fulham respectively.

Nonetheless, Wenger feels that the Gunners will play wherever they have to.

"We want to be in the Champions League, we don't want to be in the Europa League. You play where you have to and it's better to play there than not at all," the Daily Mail quoted Wenger as saying.