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Soccer News of Friday, 17 March 2023


Knocks as Arsenal fans call Europe League a 'distraction' to their Premier League title chase

Fans Tribe interviews Arsenal fan after their exit from the Europa League Fans Tribe interviews Arsenal fan after their exit from the Europa League

Despite their elimination from the Europe League, some section of Arsenal fans in Nigeria say they are unperturbed as they believe the second-tier European club competition is a disturbance to their Premier League title pursuit.

Mikel Arteta's side lost 5-3 on penalty shootouts to Portuguese side Sporting CP following a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium after extra time.

Granit Xhaka gave the Gunners the lead in the 19th minute before Pedro Goncalves equalized for the visitors in the 62nd minute with a wonder of a strike.

The game progressed to extra time and penalties which saw the visitors emerge as victors on the night.

Some Gunners believe the elimination is good for the club's Premier League title pursuit, a claim which has received backlash from rival fans.

Check out some reactions below:

_@evan_dabee: Na why una no dey win European trophies,una no dey like distractions.????

_@big_omoye: As arsenal Fans ..make any rivals fans tell which for that erupean league we are played well this season. Even if we win..self ...due the teams rotation tell. Arsenal is playing euro league and premier league .. the different in clear ..we are out we accept it ....

_@genny_daniels: Una fit still loose that thing wey una Dey wait

_@ceejayng_: Make this guy quiet! Manchester United played Carabao and still in other competitions ohh. So just accept your L in peace

_@_hayatudeen: 7 years and counting no European trophy ????and you’re giving this excuse so next season una go win champions league na since your focus is not in premier league

_@doctorjoegram: Arsenal cant win a European title in many years to come na why the guy call ham distraction he no sabi d worth ????????????

_@e_okobi: See flimsy excuse, so clubs nor dey do Europe and domestic double, man is capping thou

_@bobbyvado: Small club mentality bro u gat feel bad…CUP wen una never carry once u still dy talk rubbish here Mtcheew wait till una go trophyless this season then u no go do interview again…ASSNA.

The Gunners are on course to end their 17-year wait for the Premier League title under Mikel Arteta.

The North London club currently sit at the top of the PL log with five points clear of champions Manchester City after 27 matches.

Check out the Instagram post below courtesy of Fans Tribe: