Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea is very bad news for Tottenham.
Not only did they have to watch their biggest rivals lifting another domestic trophy after another season without one themselves, but it has had a damaging impact on preparations for the beginning of the new campaign.
Because the Gunners saw off Chelsea they were handed direct qualification into the group stages of the Europa League, pushing Spurs back into the second qualifying round that will take place on September 17.
That will mean that Jose Mourinho’s side will have to make it through three separate ties should they make the group stage, handing them a pile up of fixtures as the Premier League resumes.
Jose Mourinho was ecstatic after leading Tottenham to the Europa League
The result almost meant that Wolves did not receive a place in Europe for next season, and Tottenham could now come up against the likes of Shamrock Rovers or Motherwell.
Arteta make his delight at European qualification clear after the 2-1 victory on Saturday, by saying: “We played probably the best 30 minutes after since I arrived. I am so proud to represent these players and this club.
“It is a double reward for us. It is really important for this club in every way to be in Europe. We all did it so I am so happy.
“The players were completely knackered and they made a massive effort through the coronavirus to keep fit so I am so happy for them.”
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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was delighted to see his side qualify for the Europa League on Saturday
Mourinho and his playing staff celebrated after the draw against Crystal Palace secured them a final position of sixth place, but had mentioned earlier in the month that he believed his team to be above Europa League level.
“In quite a funny way, I’m telling the players: Two more victories…