By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger is confident his players have what it takes to qualify from tomorrow’s ‘massive’ Champions League game against Partizan Belgrade.
Arsenal need to beat the Serbian champions to ensure qualification from Group H after back-to-back away defeats left Wenger’s side with work to do to progress to the Knockout Round.
With a crucial Premier League game at Old Trafford on Monday, Wenger has stressed the importance of concentrating on the side from Belgrade, and he is sure his players will complete the job.
Partizan currently lie rock bottom of the group with no points and just one goal to their name from five games but Wenger is far from expecting an easy ride.
“That will be a massive game for us,” said the manager. “We know that we will be under pressure to deliver on the night but we will [deliver].
“I’m confident we will deliver the requested performance and the qualification.
“For a long part of the game it was a difficult game and on the information I have from Partizan, they did that to every single team [they have played].
“They lost always their game in the final part of the game but they gave a tough game to anybody.”
Although Wenger is only contemplating victory, a draw would be enough if Braga fail to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.
For Arsenal to top the group, the Portuguese side must end Shakhtar’s formidable home record and take all three points at the Donbass Arena.
“I have not counted it out but I must say that for me, Shakhtar Donetsk are favourite to deliver at least a draw at home,” said Wenger.
“The most important [thing] is to qualify now and let’s hope we can do it. You never know but you want to win the game.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Dec 2010