Arsene Wenger says the London club will focus fully on the English Premier League after their failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

"For us it is a good opportunity to focus completely on the Premier League," Wenger told British media.

"I would say that the Premier League has, in my opinion, taken over from the Champions League interest-wise."

Arsenal's fifth-placed finish last season meant they missed out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and they will play in the less prestigious Europa League instead.

"I will always play a team that has a good chance to win the next game," Wenger added.

"In the Europa League, if we can afford sometimes to rest some players we will do it. But we have to adapt to the level of the competition and see first what kind of group we play in."

The Frenchman noted in May that the two most recent league champions - Chelsea and Leicester City - did not play European football during their title-winning campaigns.

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