With Arsenals failure to win any trophies in the last few seasons, boss Arsene Wenger had suggested that he cares more about qualifying for the Champions League rather than winning a domestic cup.
So we discuss whether you would prefer winning some silverware or playing against the best clubs in Europe?
There are many clubs in the Premier League who would consider qualifying for such a prestigious competition like the Champions League way out of their reach but if they ever reach the promise land of the top four, then the benefits are so rewarding.
But what is it that makes the Champions League such a rewarding competition to get into? Maybe it’s the chance to play in the biggest club competition around, what about the opportunity to play against some of the biggest clubs in the world, or it could be the catalyst to attract world-class stars to the club? Well all those things are what you get when and if you reach the group stages, but the biggest factor above them all is the financial aspect of it, you get TV deals, prize funds, and bumper sponsorship deals, so it is a tantalising opportunity for clubs to fight for.
However, you could be on the side of winning a domestic cup. Whether it’s the Capital One Cup or the F.A Cup, it’s a bit of silverware that many of your fans want. They don’t care if you win anything again, because for that one moment you were the champions of something, you were the best in the cup, your team will have their name engraved in history forever.
And you were there to see all your hero’s hard work and effort to achieve something in their careers, to say that was the year I saw my team win the F.A Cup or the Capital one cup.
Then after all the celebrating you do, you realise that your team will also be playing in the Europa League.
It isn’t as glamorous or as financially rewarding as the Champions League, but it is still worth the effort.
So I believe that Wenger was wrong and winning a cup is more important than qualifying for the Champions League because it means so much more to everyone involved.