The Gunners face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday knowing a win will secure a top-four finish and a place in the qualifiers for next season’s competition.
With only 180 minutes of play left of the season, the gunners rock solid centre back Laurent Koscielny has insisted that the gunners should be proud of making it into the Champions League qualifiers should they defeat West Brom on Sunday.
The Frenchman further insisted that the competition is the only way the gunners can test their strength by competing with the best teams in Europe.
The Arsenal man also thanked the Arsenal fans insisting that their support had greatly influenced their performance in some games.
Koscielny is determined to help the side over the line and described the competition as the “most exciting” in football.
“The Champions League is a tournament which has the best teams in Europe so we want to play against the big teams because we can judge our level against Milan, Barcelona or Bayern,” he told Arsenal Player. “For the players it’s very exciting to play against them because we learn a lot and you progress [individually].
“If you win it’s a very exciting game so we want to come back to the Champions League because we love it.
“We are focused for the other games because the season is very long and we want to play Champions League again because it’s the most exciting competition for us. We did well this season apart from two months which were very difficult for us, but we came back.”
“The fans are amazing for us because during the season you have some games where it’s more difficult to win,” he said. “When you have your fans behind you, you can do more runs if you are tired.
“If you feel our fans are behind us you can do more and it’s very important for the players on the pitch.”