Arsene Wenger says his team were a little uncertain during their 2-0 Champions League defeat to Napoli, but says they’ll be fully focused on Saturday when they travel to face Manchester City.
At 0-0 with less than 20 minutes to go it looked as if everything was on track for Arsenal to finish top of their group, but a goal from Gonzalo Hig-cry-in meant they needed to score to finish first.
In the end it was another late Napoli goal that added to the nervousness, and Wenger admitted his team were left a little unsure by the situation on the night.
“We prepared well and were concentrated but we were a bit in between ‘do we attack or do we defend’. It is difficult to cope with that problem.
“In the second half, I felt that our legs went a little bit and Napoli were sharper physically than us. Saturday was on our mind, we knew to come to Naples would be difficult.
“We have done our job now we will give absolutely everything on Saturday morning.”
The result means Arsenal face one of 5 tricky opponents in the round of 16, but the boss is hoping for a bit of good fortune.
“Of course to finish second makes the potential draw more difficult, in the last four or five years we have had very difficult draws, so maybe this time we will be more lucky.
“But if you look at the teams who are potentially there, at least we know we will have a difficult draw.
“On the other hand, we have now qualified for a 14th consecutive year for the last 16 and maybe number 14 will bring us a bit of luck.”
Not quite sure what luck he means, perhaps they’ll draw out Accrington Stanley instead of Real Madrid, but whoever it is, we’ll just have to get on with it.