By Declan Taylor

Bacary Sagna believes that Arsenal are “wiser” as a result of last season’s Champions League disappointment at Anfield.

The Gunners looked to have secured their place in last season’s Semi-Final after Emmanuel Adebayor tapped in Arsenal’s second away goal against Liverpool with only seven minutes remaining.

However, within seconds of the restart, Ryan Babel won Liverpool a contentious penalty. Steven Gerrard made no mistake from 12 yards and Babel himself added the home side’s fourth in the closing stages.

Although Sagna missed both legs of the tie through injury, the full back was not immune to the disappointment caused by that dramatic exit. However, he is adamant that the lessons learned that night on Merseyside can help the Gunners in this season’s Champions League crusade.

“Of course it was very disappointing,” Sagna said at Monday’s pre-match press conference. “Now this is in the past and we have to learn and be wiser for this kind of game. We have to remember this kind of game to play forward and not make the same mistakes.

“We know that when we play our own football we can be dangerous and win important games like against Liverpool and all the others.”

Sagna thinks that the Champions League retains a special charm and his confidence in Arsenal’s potential in the competition is unwavering despite some below-par performances domestically.

“From children we wanted to play in this kind of competition,” he said. “As a professional player this is our chance to do something and when we have this opportunity, we will give everything.

“Last season we were close to doing something good. We missed out and now we want to play all cups 100 per cent. We know we can go far in this Champions League and we will try to do it.”

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24 Feb 2009