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David Seaman: Arsenal should be glad to play in Europa League

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The Gunners lost a close top-four battle to their arch-rivals, Tottenham, last season.

Arsenal legend David Seaman urges the Gunners to stay positive and push to win the Europa League after the last season’s top-four heartbreak.

The Gunners came close to sealing a return to the Champions League last season. But Tottenham managed to win the top-four race in the final weeks of the campaign.

Mikel Arteta’s side will go into the new Premier League season after a host of impressive pre-season performances. 

The Gunners will also play in this season’s Europa League. But Seaman believes the second-tier competition will provide Arteta’s side with a greater chance of grabbing a European trophy.   

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“It [Last season] was an improvement,” the former Arsenal keeper told Stats Perform. 

“We finished eighth twice.

“A lot of people just go to the negative straight away, saying we threw the Champions League away. 

“But even when we were in the top four positions, we were like, ‘Whoa, we are overachieving here.’ The fact that we finished fifth, and now in the Europa League is still a really good positive.

“I think, for me, we’re more equipped to win the Europa League than we are the Champions League. We’ve got a more realistic chance of winning that. So it’s all about being positive and progressing.

“And that’s what’s happening. We’re getting better and better. The young players are getting experience and it all just leads to a good future for Arsenal.”

Arsenal will host Leicester City in their Premier League opener next Saturday.