By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says he wants Arsenal’s Premier League rivals to progress to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

Arsenal are the only English club to have qualified for the last 16 of the competition so far with Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City still to confirm their places.

Wenger believes it is important that the remaining trio progress to preserve the status of English clubs in the competition.

“That [not qualifying] would be a catastrophic scenario for England and would basically harm our places in Europe for the future,” he said.

“That’s what you don’t want – that you go from four teams to three. Hopefully that will not happen.

“Of course the teams like Manchester United would focus on the FA Cup and the championship but let’s see what happens. I don’t think that will happen.”

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