BBC pundit Alan Hansen has admitted that Arsenal need to progress into the Champions League proper this season and insists that it is unthinkable if they were to be knocked out by Fenerbache.
After an impressive end to last season, The Gunners managed to beat rivals Tottenham to fourth place and will now face Turkish side Fenerbache in a Champions League qualifier in order to get into the proper competition.
The first leg is in Turkey on Wednesday with the return-leg to be played the following Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger’s men started their campaign with a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium and a lot of eyebrows are being raised about the club and many fans are worried that they are slowly declining year after year.
Hansen, who works on Match of the Day, believes it would be a disaster if Arsenal were to be beaten by Fenerbache and believes it would leave Wenger with just the two domestic cups to fight for.
“It’s unthinkable for Arsenal to go out of the Champions League,” said Hansen.
“They will be left with the League Cup and FA Cup as they aren’t going to win the title.
“The pressure is on Arsenal to finish in fourth position so you get a bit of leeway because the Champions League is not only great for revenue but also for supporters.
“It takes the pressure off you to a certain extent but if you haven’t got the Champions League then all the very best!”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt