By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal will come on strong in the Champions League if they can get past Roma.

The Frenchman flew out to Italy on Tuesday protecting a narrow 1-0 advantage from the Knockout Round first leg tie at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago.

Since then Eduardo and Theo Walcott have returned from injury to bolster his squad. The likes of Cesc Fabregas (knee), Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (hamstring tendon) are not far away either. So, by the time the Quarter or Semi-Finals come along, Wenger may be able to pick from a fully-fit squad for the first time this season.

It is a heartening thought of course but one that will mean little should Arsenal fail at the Stadio Olimpico.

"It's a big hurdle,” admitted Wenger, “especially with players coming back now we feel we can be strong in this competition. But we have to go through first.

"This is a cup game for us and the cup competitions for us now are very important.

“We will be strong in Europe when we have everyone to choose from and I have a feeling that we can do well in this competition. But the championship is very important for us too because we want to come back into a better position in the table.”

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11 Mar 2009