By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger believes his side will finish top of their Champions League group because he expects Montpellier to get a result against Schalke.

The Gunners have already qualified for the last 16, but head into the final round of fixtures one point behind Group B leaders Schalke.

However, Wenger believes the German side will find it difficult at the Stade de la Mosson on December 4 and could open the door to Arsenal to top the group.

“Montpellier will [get a result] - I am convinced they will,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “It will be their last Champions League game and they sold the three [home] games in a package so it means the stadium will be sold out.

“They are proud people in Montpellier and they will want to go out of the competition with some pride.

“We will try to win the group because that will be job completely done. You feel you have done well if you win the group.”

With the likes of Paris St Germain, AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus all currently second in their respective groups, finishing top may not be such an attractive proposition this year. But Wenger insists there is still an added advantage to doing so.

“You never know, so you just want to do your job well,” he said. “If you go into any calculation you cannot decide who you will get.

“The only thing you know is if you finish top of your group, you might be alright but you could get as difficult an opponent as if you finish second. But you do play the second game at home, so it can be considered a small advantage.”

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23 Nov 2012