Arsene Wenger feels 10 points will be enough to qualify for the play-off round in the Champions League and has targeted winning as many points as possible on the road.
The Gunners have been drawn against last years UCL runners-up Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Marseille in what is described as the group of death.
Arsenal are on an incredible run away from home in all competitions, which extends back to their impressive win at last years winners Bayern Munich, managing nine wins on the trot. Wenger admits that the home fixtures will not be guaranteed so is aiming to gain as much as possible on the road.
Wenger spoke of the daunting run of Champions League fixtures on the horizon:
If you look at the group, I would say yes it is the hardest group because all the four teams have a chance to qualify.
That means the every game is basically a very important one. On average you need 10 points to qualify so that gives you the task. Ten points in a group as difficult as that could be a reasonable number to get through.
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It will play a big part because it is difficult to predict that you will absolutely win your three home games.
You need points away from home and, like in every competition, the start is very important for the confidence of the team and to put you in a good position. Whether it is home or away, it is the same basically, we come here and we will try to win the game.
The Gunners will have to ensure maximum points against Marseille who will not be walk overs, but represent their best shot at three points on the road. Then to gain Wenger’s 10 points, Arsenal need two home wins and a draw.
Progression is possible, but it will take consistency at home which has been an issue of late. The Emirates has not been much of a fortress which is something that must change. But the team is gelling well so they should be able to translate their superb away form to the emirates.
But for now focus is on overcoming Marseille on Wednesday, three points minimum. COYG!