Cech states European preference

17 May 2017 07:51:05 EST

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted that he would rather play in the Champions League than the Europa League, having won both competitions while with Chelsea.

The Gunners won 2-0 at home to Sunderland on Tuesday evening to take the fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League into the final game, although Arsenal need either Liverpool or Manchester City to slip up to achieve that goal.

You can see more and more big teams are treating the Europa League with respect.

Petr Cech

Cech, a Champions League winner in 2012 and a Europa League winner 12 months later, says he would prefer to be in the former, but has no qualms about having to make do with the Thursday night competition instead.

He told reporters: "A European trophy is a European trophy.

"I have to say you want to have the Champions League one rather than the Europa League one, but you can see more and more big teams are treating the Europa League with respect.

"Now you can qualify for the Champions League too and I have to say it is a fantastic memory for myself to look at the (Europa League) medal.

"I only played in it once and was fortunate in one go to have won it, but obviously I would rather be in the Champions League, that's for sure. Let's see what happens."

Arsenal have kept their top-four hopes alive with a run of six wins in their last seven league games - conceding just one goal in four consecutive victories in their last four outings.

On Sunday they play host to Everton, with Liverpool at home to relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City away at Watford.

The Gunners are priced at 6/1 to secure a top-four finish, with Liverpool 1/10 and the Citizens available at 1/500.

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