Arsenal boss Unai Emery says that the Europa League is important to the club this season and they have full respect for the competition.
Having missed out on the Premier League top four for a second successive season, the Gunners are once again competing in the Europa League rather than the Champions League and get their campaign underway on Thursday with a home game against Vorskla Poltava from Ukraine.
The transition to regular Thursday/Sunday football may not be ideal but it is a trophy that Arsenal will be taking seriously with Emery keen to win silverware in his first season since taking over from Arsene Wenger.
He told a press conference ahead of Thursday's game: "Every title for us is very important. In 2000, Arsenal played the final against Galatasaray but didn't win. And also, Arsenal played the final in 2006 in the Champions League and also didn't win.
"In my career, the ambition is very important for continuing to improve and continuing to achieve the objectives in my career personally and with the team. I want to play for every title going forward."
Emery added that the game represents an opportunity to keep improving after a poor start to the current season.
He said that the best available 11 will play on Thursday night as they aim to "continue to improve in our way both tactically and individually."
Arsenal are 1/8 to start off with a win with Vorskla Poltava 25/1 and the draw 9/1.
Arsenal lost their first two Premier League games to Manchester City and Chelsea but have followed that up with three consecutive wins to push them up the table.
The Gunners' next league game is on Sunday with Everton the visitors to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are 8/1 to win the Europa League this season while they are 2/1 to finish in the top four in the Premier League.
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