By Chris Harris
Johan Djourou expects Europe to sit up and take notice after Arsenal continued their stunning start to their Champions League campaign.
Arsène Wenger's side made it 14 goals in three Group H fixtures by dismantling Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Djourou did his bit, winning a penalty and shackling Shakhtar's mobile front man, Luiz Adriano, and he hopes this is just the start of a glorious European run.
"I think the number of goals we are scoring shows that Arsenal are ready to go as far as possible in the Champions League," he said. "It is still early in the competition but it is good to show it early and show that we can do well. Hopefully we can do something this season.
"I think Shakhtar is a good team. They played very well against the other teams in the group - Braga and Partizan Belgrade - and they have good strikers but I think we were really on our game. We knew we had to start quickly and we did that.
"We are almost qualified but there are still three games left so we have to concentrate. But we are in good shape after three wins."
Djourou put in plenty of hard work on the training pitch during the international break after narrowly missing out on a call-up to the Swiss national side. And he has reaped the rewards after completing back-to-back 90 minutes for the first time this season.
Arsenal went into that international break on the back of one point in three Premier League games. But the mood in the squad is very different now.
"The Birmingham City game and this one were important for us to bounce back after losing before the international break," said Djourou. "Now hopefully we can go to Manchester City and win there as well.
"I think they are all key games but that one will definitely be hard. There is still a long way to go in the season but we want to go there and win."Copyright 2017 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