Arsene Wenger says it’s ‘unbelievable’ that Arsenal are not through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League after reaching 12 points with the 2-0 win over Marseille, but also that it’s a reality his team has to deal with.
Dortmund’s 3-1 win over Napoli means Arsenal have to go to Naples and avoid a 3-0 defeat to get through to the second part of the competition, but Wenger says he’ll send a full strength team to ensure the job is done properly.
“It’s unbelievable but it’s reality,” he said. “We have to finish the job. It is not an easy situation because you can think ‘OK, let’s just not lose big’ but I think that would be a mistake.
“We’ll go there, play in a positive way and try to win the game. Everything else would be a dangerous gamble. Having said that, Marseille will play the last game at home to Dortmund – they haven’t lost yet.
“They will have to turn up. They will be under pressure to at least take some points from this group stage.”
The boss was also full of praise for two goal Jack Wilshere, suggesting he’s responding to seeing his midfield mate Aaron Ramsey catch the eye this season.
Before, he rushed a little bit. Now, he’s starting to think ‘what Ramsey can do, I can do as well’. He’s calm in front of goal and especially the first goal shows that!
“My comment about Aaron was a joke but I think that it puts in his mind that he has to score goals as well, certainly when you play football you want your midfielders to score goals.”