Arsenal must win the Europa League to prove they have progressed this season.
That is according to their veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech.
The former Czech Republic international, who is retiring at the end of the campaign, was speaking about whether the team has progressed under Unai Emery.
As they will probably not finish in the Champions League places in the Premier League, Cech knows they must win this competition to move into the top European league.
Cech said to reporters ahead of their semi final second leg with Valencia: “We have done pretty well and we can have a great achievement if we win the Europa League, which will be the ultimate thing for everybody now.
“As a coaching staff, they have done really well. They have built a solid foundation for next season and the years coming. Obviously, it will depend on how well they are going to do but the way Unai works and his team, they are on the right way.
“It will be helped if we win the Europa League because you go to Champions League and that makes things easier for everyone."