The fight for the top four is intensifying with every week that passes, and with just thirteen games to go, Arsenal are in with a shout of grabbing a place back in the Champions League.
This is our second season of participation in the second-string competition that is the Europa League, and the money involved in participation is a far removed cousin of the riches involved in Champions League games.
This may have hit us in our pocket, but has it affected the fans?
Rewind back to the first season we finished outside the top4 in the Wenger era, and most fans were fatigued by the groundhog day ritual that our annual Last16 exit had become.
We were never really in with a shout of winning the tournament, and if we can’t win it, were we merely taking part for the readies?
Has football become so much of a business that actually winning something takes precedence over taking part in what had become an unwinnable competition?
Arsene Wenger was derided when he inferred that the top4 spots had taken over in terms of priority, rather than going all out for silverware. When tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino exclaims the same thing, he is lauded for his honesty, and most ‘experts’ agree that qualifying for the Champions League means more.
The fans are not so quick to agree though.
Our last three FA Cups were fantastic affairs, and the memories made when winning those cups will live longer than the time we finished fourth a few times. Yes, a Premier League higher placing offers bragging rights, but the fact your club hasn’t won a brass farthing for a decade, yet claims are that they are a major club? Hilarious.
The Europa League adventure we enjoyed in Wengers swansong season was very nearly the coup de gras that everyone wanted. Despite our numerous failings, we were a hair's width away from reaching the final with a weak squad.
This season we have somewhat of a Europa League specialist at the helm in Unai Emery, and we have at least addressed some of the imbalances our squad possessed. We stand a far stronger chance of reaching the final than we did last season.
And that is what makes our Europa League campaigns far more rewarding than the Champions League. If we make top4 that’d be great for the club, but I’m more than happy taking part in a competition we have an excellent chance of winning - and it would still be the biggest trophy we have won in Europe.