Arsene Wenger says that a positive outcome in Arsenal's Champions League play-off can have a knock-on effect in domestic competitions.
The Gunners started their 2014/15 campaign with a morale-boosting Community Shield triumph over champions Manchester City and then three hard-earned Premier League points against Crystal Palace.But their European aspirations rest on two games against Besiktas over the next week or so.
"Every game you win makes you stronger and, on that front, winning the games helps to gain confidence"
Wenger says Arsenal's transfer activity is not reliant on Champions League football but he believes progression to the group stage can build momentum.
"Every game you win makes you stronger and, on that front, winning the games helps to gain confidence," said Wenger. "The group still needs to grow and to gain confidence we have to grow.
"[The play-off is not] not affecting too much my transfer policy. Financially it is a big game but it's not that that's the most important [thing]. We want to compete at the top level, we want to fight against the best in Europe and that's the real target of the competition tomorrow.
"It's more than the financial consequences. We have always in the history of the club adapted to our financial potential but what is very important is that we want to play with the best. That's the real target of the qualifier."