Arsenal set for Last 16 entry in Champions League – Wenger warns against complacency
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned his men against complacent form in the Champions League. The Frenchman declared that there will be no room for mistakes when Arsenal hosts Montpellier at the Emirates.
It appears as if Arsenal has all but qualified into the next round of Champions League. Arsenal are bound to pickup their qualifying-victory against Montpellier, who are without a win in their four previous games and are at the bottom of Group B given that they have managed to acquire a single point.
A victory for Arsenal and a victory for Schalke would guarantee the entry of Arsene Wenger and his men into the next stage of the Champions League. In spite of being rivaled by mediocre opposition, Arsene Wenger wants his men to be at their best in order to redeem themselves from their last home defeat in Europe.
“Not for a second would I think the team will be complacent tomorrow - they will be full of desire to do well and win the game, I am certain of that,” Arsene Wenger said.
“It is important on the back of the Tottenham game we show another good performance and a resolute attitude, that is at stake for me tomorrow. After, if we produce the quality performance, we will win the game.
“We do it step by step. First of all we want to qualify, then try to top the group, so let us just win the game tomorrow.”
Arsene Wenger believes Montpellier could trouble Arsenal despite their poor start to the season. The Frenchman explained that Montpellier had made a comeback and their impressive performance against Paris Saint-Germain was proof of their progress.
“Montpellier had a slow start to the season, but they have rediscovered their balance over the last few months and they played very well against Paris Saint-Germain,” Arsene Wenger said. “It should be an open game because a draw is not good for either side.”
Arsenal will desperately avoid a penalty shoot-out to decide their fate when they travel to Athens. Arsene Wenger and Co. were defeated 3-1 on a penalty shootout last season and were dumped in similar fashion in 2009.
Arsenal will be without the services of England international Theo Walcott, who suffered a shoulder injury in Arsenal’s pulsating 5-2 victory over derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. Also, Gervinho has been omitted from the squad due to his ankle injury.