Arsène Wenger believes the Champions League play-off matches against Fenerbahce will be Arsenal’s most important of the season.

The Gunners will reach the group stage of Europe’s premier tournament for a 16th successive season if they can overcome Ersun Yanal’s side.

Arsenal won 5-2 on their last visit to Sukru Saracoglu Stadium and Wenger insists that playing at the top level is vital for his team.

On the back of our defeat against Aston Villa, it's important as well to bounce back straight away

Arsène Wenger

“Yes of course [they are the most important games of the season],” he told Arsenal Player. “We fought very hard last season to be in the top four and that game has a vital importance.

"It's a consequence of what we tried to achieve last season and therefore, on the back of our defeat against Aston Villa, it's important as well to bounce back straight away.

“To be part of the top level - that is for us the most important thing. All the rest are the consequences of it. When you are a football player, you want to play at the top level and that's what the Champions League is about.

“We try to win everywhere we go. That is the only target we have to set ourselves.

"We respect Fenerbahce highly but in the history of our club we have gone everywhere, all over, and always had a desire to win and that is what we will do again.”

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