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Mikel Arteta says he has not even considered the possibility of Arsenal missing out on European football next season as he prepares his players for a pivotal Europa League quarter-final second leg at Slavia Prague.

Arsenal have been involved in continental competition every year since qualifying for the 1996-97 Uefa Cup but they travel to the Czech Republic after being pegged back to a late 1-1 draw at the Emirates last week and face a Slavia side unbeaten in 21 home games. Given Arsenal remain off the pace in the Premier League, failure to go through would mean a 2021-22 season spent domestically looks highly likely.

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