Gunners must reach top four believes forward.
Lukas Podolski has warned Arsenal it would be a ‘disaster’ if they fail to qualify for the Champions League – even if the club ends a nine year trophy drought by winning the FA Cup.
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This weekend saw the Gunners reach the FA Cup final for the first time in nearly a decade after a nervy win over Wigan on penalties and slip down to fifth in the Premier League following Everton’s 1-0 win at Sunderland.
Podolski has acknowledge the positive effect winning a trophy could have on the club but says reaching the Champions League is essential.
“Every season is a pressure when you don’t win anything and the newspapers speak about it, the fans gets nervous but we have the chance this year to win the FA Cup so maybe it helps the club, us and the boss,” the German forward is quoted as saying the Mirror.
“But the other important thing is to get fourth place back because when you don’t play in the Champions League, it’s a disaster.
“Last season was the same. People and the newspapers speak about the last trophy being 2005 so of course, the pressure is there because we were in the semi-final and we have this chance to win the cup.
“We are now in the final and of course we want the cup, but the other important thing is the league. We don’t forget that because we are fifth now, so it’s important to get fourth place back.
“But as I say, the important thing is the league as well. We don’t forget the league because we are fifth now, we are not qualified for the Champions League, so we must do our work on the pitch – starting on Tuesday and this is an important thing.”