Arsène Wenger believes that Arsenal's experience in Europe will be crucial in their Champions League play-off against Besiktas.

The Gunners have qualified for the group stages of the competition in each of the last 16 seasons and have the opportunity to do so again at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Last Tuesday's first leg in Turkey finished goalless and Wenger is under no illusions as to the task facing his team.

We have a big experience in the Champions league, big experience of playing high-pressure games

"Besiktas played very well against us and we want to show them that we can play very well at home too," the boss said.

"It's a very important game because we want to play at the top level, on an international level. [It’s crucial] more on the sporting side than on the financial side.

"Of course our experience plays a big part. We have a big experience in the Champions league, big experience of playing high-pressure games. We can use that on Wednesday.

"What is more important is the performance on the day, to turn up with a strong display. I am confident this group is strong, is mentally prepared, has a great togetherness and is ready for the fight.

"At the end of the day that is the most important thing: to go out and play at our best.”

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