Champions League exit could be blessing in disguise for Arsenal, says double-winning Gunners legend

first_imgFormer Arsenal captain Frank McLintock believes defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League could be a blessing in disguise for the Gunners’ Premier League title bid.Danny Welbeck scored a stoppage-time winner against Leicester City on his return from injury to seal a vital 2-1 victory over their surprise rivals on Sunday.It handed Arsene Wenger’s side a huge boost in their hunt for a first league crown in over a decade, with the Gunners now level on points with second place Tottenham.But Arsenal face a terrifyingly in-form Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League next week, and there are fears going all out to make it past the Spanish giants could have serious implications for their league run.And McLintock, skipper of the famed 1971 double-winning Arsenal team, believes the Premier League should now be the Gunners’ priority.“It’s very likely Arsenal will go out of the Champions League against Barcelona,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’m not trying to put the blockers on, but Barca are an unbelievable side. We might make it tough for them but I’d be very surprised if we come through against them.“But that could be a blessing in disguise in some ways, as they can just concentrate on winning the Premier League.”Arsenal’s victory over table topping Leicester saw them climb to within two points of the summit, but McLintock insists the title race is still wide open with Tottenham – who boosted their hopes with a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday – also still in the hunt.“It’s almost impossible to call this one,” the Scot added.“It was a very, very important win for Arsenal against Leicester, but they’ve got some tough teams still to play and Tottenham could be their toughest.“This is the best Tottenham team I’ve seen for quite some time. They played terrific against Manchester City and got a good win.“It could still be Leicester. If they don’t get any big injuries they could still do it!”last_img read more