Arsene Wenger says that his side will be out to win a ‘defining’ Champions League tie against Napoli tomorrow night.
Top spot in the group is up for grabs, and although Arsenal can qualify for the round of 16 without even winning, the boss will be sending his team out to get three points.
“It is a defining game,” he said. “It is a decider – it is to be in the Champions League or not. Rafael Benítez has a lot of experience, he is a very intelligent manager, I know he will prepare his team very well.
“The only way to counter is be at our best and put in a good performance. An average performance will not be good enough.
“We have our usual game, we try to take the ball, take control of the ball, try to play our game. It is another game that we want to win. It is the only way we can approach the game.”
And despite speculation that he might make significant changes ahead of the Man City game at the weekend, it looks as if the boss is going with his strongest XI, saying there’s nobody approaching that fabled ‘red zone’.
“We can’t afford to rest players,” he said. “I rotate a little bit sometimes, never more than two or three because stability is important.
“Overall, we have no major sign of fatigue medically.”
You can follow every kick of the game tomorrow on the Arseblog live blog.