By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger wants to give Arsenal the best chance of avoiding Europe's big guns by winning their Champions League group.
The Frenchman has overseen a flying start to his team's group fixtures with seven points from three games following Wednesday night's 1-0 win at Marseille.
Arsenal were in a similar position last season but had to settle for second place behind Shakhtar Donetsk after two poor results. That earned them a tie with Barcelona and Wenger would rather avoid the same scenario this time around.
"Of course recent experiences encourage us to finish top of the group but first let's be realistic," he told Arsenal Player. "We first want to qualify and then we can think about topping the group - let's get our priorities right.
"But overall since the start of the season we won at Udinese, got a draw in Dortmund and won in Marseille - they are three difficult games and we did well in all of them.
"It puts us under a little bit less pressure in the Champions League, lifts the confidence of the team and reassures them of the way we want to play. What is surprising about the Marseille game is that very few chances were created. I believe that was down to the fact that Marseille were desperate to get a draw.
"Having watched the game again they were never caught on a lack of discipline or desire to defend. Just once in the last minute of the game. But we were patient, disciplined and we had a good attitude. We know we can be more creative but that will come with the confidence of the team."Copyright 2017 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