Jack Wilshere has claimed that qualifying for the Europa League would be a successful season for Arsenal.
The Gunners endured a torrid start to the 2021/22 campaign, losing their first three Premier League games whilst failing to score a single goal in the process.
However, Mikel Arteta‘s side were able to turn things around, beating Norwich and Burnley 1-0 before defeating local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 last weekend.
The north London club were unable to make it four league wins in a row against Brighton on Saturday evening, playing out a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium as Graham Potter’s side dominated the majority of the affair.
Following the draw, Arsenal currently sit in 9th place in the Premier League table and Hale End graduate Wilshere has claimed that his former side should be content with finishing in the Europa League spots.
“After certain results, the Tottenham result it has certainly helped the club, it’s helped the fanbase get behind what they’re trying to do,” Wilshere told Sky Sports’ coverage of the game against Brighton.
“I think you really saw a Mikel Arteta team at their best in that game on the front foot, it’s easy to be motivated in a North London Derby but to handle the pressure the way they did is difficult.
“The fans will feel better after that performance and win but we still want results – we want to get into the top half, last season we finished eighth which probably wasn’t good enough, although it’s a young team that needs developing, we need to do better than that. Can we get into the Europa League?
“That will be the target this season and then push on from there.”
Wilshere added: “I think most fans would accept finishing above Tottenham!
“But, I think realistically with the young team and the changes and the new players that have come in I think getting back in the Europa League would be a successful season. “