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Arsenal midfield maestro Mesut Ozil has said the Europa League is important to the North London club because winning it will qualifier them for next season’s Champions League competition.

The former German international made this known while speaking ahead of his side Europa League clash with Sporting Lisbon on Thursday evening.

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Metro UK quoted Ozil as saying: “I think this competition [Europa League] for every team is very important because firs,t it is a title to play for and for other teams when you win this competition you go to the Champions League.

“For us at Arsenal, I am telling every player, the supporters and the club for me it is very important also because it is one title a way to go to the Champions League next year.

“We are here to play to win, to find all the titles that are in the way and this is one with a very high, high level in every team like Sporting CP and in this competition every year there are a lot of teams with the same idea to find here one title and I think the level now is very, very high in this competition.”