Arsene Wenger said Arsenal’s 4-1 victory against Galatasaray was a strong response to last weekend’s defeat to Stoke and that he’s now looking forward to concentrating on the Premier League.
The Gunners ran out comfortable winners in Istanbul thanks to two goals each by Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski as they finished runners up behind Borussia Dortmund on goal difference.
“We gave a strong response,” reflected the boss post-game.
“We were dangerous every time we won the ball back, had good penetration, goals and until half-time we were very strong.
“In the second half we suffered a bit more – some players had not enough competitive games and I had to take two players off. We were a bit more lightweight in midfield. It was, overall, a strong performance.”
Having assured qualification to the knockout stages for the 15th successive season, the Gunners head into the draw on 15 December knowing they could face any of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG/Barcelona (yet to be decided which), Monaco or Porto.
After recent early exits in the knockout stages Arsenal fans will no doubt be eyeing a pairing with the latter duo, who played each other in the final in 2004 when the Invincibles should have conquered Europe.
“Let’s wait for the draw, prepare well,” said Wenger eyeing more pressing matters.
“We can focus now on the Premier League. It was my 180th game in the Champions League tonight, we won away from home and are now 15 consecutive years in the last 16. I believe that is an achievement.
“Let’s focus on the Premier League and until the end of February, and the FA Cup as well. Hull will not be an easy game. In February, we will see where we stand.”