By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger insists he would not be concerned if Arsenal were to meet a ‘big’ team in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
If Wednesday night’s Group H fixtures follow the form book, the Gunners would probably finish second behind Shakhtar Donetsk to line up a possible last-16 tie against Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
Though admitting he would prefer to win the group, Wenger knows the identity of his team’s next European opponent is something he has no control over. For that reason he only wants to focus on completing the job against Partizan tomorrow.
“If you want to win it, you have to play against these big teams,” said the manager.
“What is important is not to focus on the teams we might play, we first have to be very pragmatic and qualify first. We will see then who we get.
“First of all, it is not a guarantee that we play Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the next round – there are some other teams we can play and what happens, happens.
“I expected to win all the games before but you have to be ready for every possibility in our job and the most important thing is to qualify.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Dec 2010