By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger was not quietly celebrating when both Manchester clubs were knocked out of the Champions League.

Only Arsenal and Chelsea remain in the competition from England having secured top spot in their respective groups to confirm their places in the last 16.

But while some might think Wenger enjoyed his domestic rivals’ failure to progress, the Frenchman insists there are few real benefits for his side.

“For England and all the clubs it is better that we are in because we get points and it is vital that we keep four teams in Europe,” he said.

“By going out early it damages our chances to be in Europe with four teams. Financially it is a bit of an advantage if you go through because you share what you get by two rather than by four.

“The tendency in a competition is that you want your opponents to lose but I have understood for a long time that you cannot get rid of opposition anyway.

“You just have to focus on you and to be as strong as you can, that's it. I always fight against that. Maybe you want your strongest opponents not to be there but if they are replaced by somebody else then it will be difficult anyway.”

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17 Dec 2011