By Chris Harris in Glasgow

Arsène Wenger has pinpointed Aiden McGeady as a major threat to Arsenal's European hopes.

The Celtic winger was born here in Glasgow but represents the Republic of Ireland at international level - a source of frustration for many Scottish fans. But although McGeady cannot help his homeland reach the World Cup Finals, he has done as much as anyone to take his club side to the brink of the Champions League group stage.

McGeady's trickery and eye for goal was obvious at the weekend when he scored twice in Celtic's 3-1 win at Aberdeen. Now the 23-year-old is looking to bring Arsenal back to earth with a bump after their own emphatic start to the season. Wenger is well aware of the threat McGeady will pose.

"He’s a big talent, yes," said the Arsenal manager at his pre-match press conference.

"I have seen part of the game [at Aberdeen] and he had a very good game. We will try to keep him quiet tomorrow. I thought at first he was Scottish but he’s Irish.

"He looks to have all the ingredients [to play in the Premier League]. But for example Shaun Maloney, who came back here, I felt when we played against Aston Villa he was always a good player and dangerous.

"I believe the two flanks were very dangerous in Celtic's last game and you could see that as well when they played against Dinamo Moscow."

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18 Aug 2009