By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes a strong defensive display can see Arsenal through to the Champions League group stages on Wednesday night.

The Gunners take a precious one-goal lead to northern Italy for the second leg of their Play-Off with Udinese and an away goal will leave the Serie A side needing at least three to win the tie.

Wenger has plenty of attacking options at his disposal with Robin van Persie and Gervinho set to return, but the Frenchman knows his defence was stretched by Udinese in the first leg at Emirates Stadium.

"Udinese showed they are quick on the flanks so we have to keep them quiet, especially Isla on the right side - he is a provider," said Wenger.

"In midfield of course they have some good players and they have Di Natale up front. So overall we need a good solid defensive performance but we have experience in the Champions League and it is a good chance for us to use it tomorrow.

"We want of course to qualify so at the moment we are focused on doing well. We have won the first game without conceding a goal, that is quite a good result, and we will go there to score as we always do."

The hype has been cranked up ahead of Wednesday's second leg as Arsenal look to atone for a slow start to their Premier League campaign with the right result in Europe. But Wenger feels no extra pressure.

"Not more, not less; it is exactly the same pressure," he said.

"I want to win every single game I play for Arsenal Football Club. The rest of the pressure is created by your environment but I have enough experience to take a distance with that. I know what I do to be at my best and that is what I try to do."

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23 Aug 2011