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Boss: Gunners on par with Real and United

Wenger continues to dream big

By | 19th October 2011

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reminded the team’s critics that the Gunners fall in the unique category of teams such as Real Madrid and Manchester United as the only clubs to have played Champions League football for fourteen consecutive years.

In preparing for tonight’s Group F clash away to Marseille, Wenger responded with confidence when questioned regarding the credentials of his side.

“We have won five times in a row at home and last season, we were very efficient away and I think that will come back as well,” Wenger told the Gunners’ official website.

The Frenchman confidently added: “We will not give up on the League because it represents our future and the qualification for the Champions League.

“But I would like to remind you that this is the 14th time in a row that we have qualified for the Champions League and the only other clubs who have done that are Real Madrid and Man United. That shows how important that is for us.”

Although Arsenal remain unbeaten in Europe’s most prestigious club competition after drawing away to Borussia Dortmund and winning at home to Olympiakos, Wenger is wary of tonight’s opponents Marseille.

The gaffer elaborated: “Marseille are strong defensively and very efficient on the counter-attack. We analysed their games in terms of goals from shots on target and they are very efficient.

“They have individual players who are really strong and quick like Loic Remy, Andre Ayew and players with a lot of vivacity like Mathieu Valbuena and Lucho Gonzalez who make a lot of passes so they are a very dangerous team.”

After their French trip, Wenger’s men will return home for a tricky Barclays Premier League clash at against a resilient Stoke City squad.

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