Arsenal chiefs Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Vekatesham have reminded Unai Emery that he must bring the club back in the Champions League sooner rather than later.
The Spaniard took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer and has now taken his side to the 12 unbeaten games across all competitions.
The Gunners are now fourth on the Premier League table ahead of Manchester City and Tottenham clash tonight.
However, Emery has been reminded of the task as the Gunners chiefs insisted that the club belong to the European competition.
Sanllehi told the Daily Mail: “Unai would not accept anything less than going for Champions League right now.”
“I don’t want to put on additional pressure, because we want to go in the right direction and sometimes – as he always says – step-by-step.”
“Which is a literal translation of Paso a Paso, a very common Spanish expression. He’s very conscious of that.”
“We know that Arsenal belongs to the Champions League. It has been proven over the years; the fanbase and the heritage reflect we are a top club.”
“When you make the list of the biggest clubs in the world Arsenal is always there in anybody’s list that knows about football.”
“Our position is there and we need to be back there because right now it has been two years. We need to regain that position.”
And managing director Venkatesham also insisted on the Sanllehi’s view.
He said: “It’s not as simple as saying, ‘This is the number of seasons we can be out of the Champions League’.”
“We need to get back there. The business model is robust so we can deal with seasons out of the Champions League – but obviously, that can’t go on forever.
“We want to make our fans proud of their football club, we do that in two ways: by winning and by winning in what we call ‘our way’.”
“We want to win the biggest trophies in the game and if you compete in the Premier League, there are only two: that’s the Premier League and the Champions League.”
“And we want to win them in a way that respects 130 years of history and heritage [of] this amazing football club.”
“The short-term ambition is to get back in the Champions League. That is a step on the journey but not the ultimate ambition, which is 100 per cent shared by Stan and Josh [Kroenke, the club owners].”
“Raul and I were in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and spent a lot of time over two or three days with [them]. They are 100 per-cent committed to competing to win the Premier League and the Champions League.”