The Gunners will host Marseille in their penultimate group game on Tuesday night as they look to maintain their position at the top of the table, before traveling to Napoli in their final group stage clash.
The 28 year old believes that they can draw belief from recent European victories over the likes Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Bayern Munich last season and achieve greater things in Europe’s elite tournament this season.
Speaking to the Arsenal Official website, he said:
We are aware that we can do beautiful things, that we can do important things. Last year we went out having won 2-0 at Bayern Munich and this means we are a lot more excited this year about the Champions League.
[The competition] is difficult to win. At the end of the day we have a good team, we’re going through a good patch but in this competition there are the best teams in the world. If you have a bad day you will be out of the tournament.
It’s the best and most consistent team that is going to win. We’re aware that in order to win the Champions League we have to work hard and beat the biggest teams.
The Spaniard said the Gunners drew great confidence from their victory at Dortmund, and feels it puts them in pole position to qualify from Group F. He added:
It was a great victory and it put us in a privileged position. Had we lost in Dortmund, it would have been very difficult for us in the table.
Also they hadn’t lost at home for a long time, they didn’t concede any goals to their rival teams and that means that we’ve done things in a really good way and that we can face great teams.
The Gunners have been (mostly) in-form since that opening day loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League and currently sit at the top of their Champions’ League group. They are likely to qualify for the knock out stages unless something dramatic happens despite being drawn in what was considered the group of death. It is difficult to predict whether they can go all the way or not at the moment, but Arsenal have the potential to do big things.
The Premier league is a marathon affair and things can change quite dramatically at times, but the Champions League is all about getting the better of your opponents in the two legged ties. So, if Arsenal can maintain this impressive away record throughout their European campaign, they will be a hard team to beat.
The good thing for Arsenal is that they are likely to have all their key players back before the knock out stage starts, which will add to the depth of our already strong squad and the other thing is that our defence is super solid at the moment which is what the Champions League demands. If Wenger can add a solid striker to the squad in January, it will give them a healthy chance of winning Europe’s elite competition.
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