By Giuseppe Muro

Andrey Arshavin insists it isn't the end of the world if Arsenal don't finish top of Group H.

The Gunners need Braga to beat Shakhtar in Donetsk to have any chance of topping their Champions League group and the Ukrainians' formidable home record makes that unlikely.

Teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich await Arsène Wenger's side should they get the right result against Partizan but finish second. However Arshavin isn't perturbed by the prospect of facing a European giant in the knockout stages.

"We will get a difficult draw, but Arsenal want to win the Champions League and if you want to win it you have to play the best teams, like Barcelona and Real Madrid," said the Russian. "It doesn't matter if it's in the last 16, the Quarter-Finals or the Semi-Finals.

"We've lost two games and now only have the chance to finish second, but what can we do? We have to win tomorrow and see what the draw will give us.

"I think we have no chance of topping the group. I think Shakhtar will be first.

"It's disappointing but we always knew Shakhtar and Braga were good teams, especially at home. Unfortunately they showed that against us."

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7 Dec 2010