Date: 12th September 2017 at 11:24am

By Reece Dixon

Arsenal number one Petr Cech says the club will take the Europa League seriously.

The Gunners kick off Europe’s second tier competition on Thursday at home to Cologne in the first of six group games.

Cech has already lifted the Europa League with Chelsea in 2013 and it now provides a direct route to Champions League football.

Arsenal don’t exactly have a glowing history of European Honours and the Czech Republic international says the club will make it a top priority just as Manchester United did last season.

Referring to his Europa win with Chelsea, the shot-stopper said: ‘We decided that it was the first time and hopefully the last time we played the Europa League and we wanted to win it,’ said the 35 year-old (via Metro Sport)

‘You decide how to approach it. You go in it to win it, give yourself a chance to do it or make different priorities and then see how it goes.

‘It’s always nice to win a European trophy, regardless of which one it is.’

So far the former Chelsea man has lifted two Community Shields and an FA Cup under Arsene Wenger. Like Arsenal fans, Cech wants to win other trophies.

The Champions League is out of the question, while the Premier League is a mere dream, but a Europa League triumph is a more realistic target.

 

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