By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger would NOT switch the Champions League Final from the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The Frenchman emerged triumphant from the Italian capital on Wednesday night after watching his side beat Roma after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. The victory kept Arsenal on course for a return to the Eternal City for the Final in May but Rome's suitability as the showpiece venue was thrown into doubt when Roma fans attacked a coach of travelling Arsenal fans before the game.

Uefa has since ruled out the prospect of moving the Champions League Final and their decision was backed by Wenger at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"No [the location shouldn’t change] even if I am conscious that what happened is not acceptable," said the Arsenal manager.

"I don’t believe there will be the same problem with Roma not being involved. What happened on Wednesday night has of course to be investigated but I believe that is purely down to Roma’s supporters.

"I believe as well that the newspapers played a big part in rallying everybody and making a hell for us on Wednesday night for the game. That was really a very important game for Roma because the final is in Rome."

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13 Mar 2009