By Chris Harris
Mikel Arteta has challenged himself to make his mark in the Champions League this season.
The Spanish midfielder made a brief appearance in the competition for Everton in 2005 and cited the chance to play among Europe's elite as a major factor in his decision to swap Goodison Park for Emirates Stadium last month.
Arteta got another taste of the Champions League in Dortmund a fortnight ago and cannot wait for his first European night in north London.
"Playing Champions League football is one of my biggest challenges," said the midfielder.
"It is hard to explain what it is about the Champions League, the atmosphere is different and you are playing against the best teams in Europe every time. All players want to win the Champions League, and I am no different.
"Everybody says the atmosphere at the Emirates is really nice for the games in the Champions League. Hopefully it is going to be like that on Wednesday, and we can give something good for the fans to support us.
"We have a great opportunity to go through the group stages, and a great chance to win tomorrow after a good result in Dortmund. Everyone is really focused, determined and ambitious because it is a great chance for us to do well in Europe."
Arteta admits that the pressure is greater at Arsenal than it was for him at Everton. But he likes it that way.
"You expect pressure," he said. "A club like Arsenal has to be in that situation [at the top in the Premier League and Champions League]. If they are not, it means people are not expecting big enough things.
"That [pressure] is what we all want, hopefully it will stay like that and we can respond to it."Copyright 2014 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 27 Sep 2011