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Arsenal got their first win in the 2013/2014 premier league season with a 3-1 win at fellow londoner fulham after the disappointing loss to Aston villa on league opening day.
England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is
expected to start against Fenerbahce after starting on the bench at craven cottage on saturday.
The Gunners look to clinch their place
in the Champions League group
stages after a resounding win in Turkey last week.
Defender Laurent Koscielny is also
available again after being suspended
for the game against the Cottagers and after recovering from the injury sustained in turkey.
Following last week’s 3-0 win in the
first leg in Istanbul, the Gunners are
in control of their tie.
Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen (back)
and midfielders Abou Diaby (knee),
Mikel Arteta (thigh) and Alex Oxlade-
Chamberlain (knee) are all definitely
out of the Emirates clash.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has
come in for criticism this season after
making just one summer signing so far
and losing 3-1 to Aston Villa on the
opening day.
And the Frenchman realises how
crucial the Fenerbahce tie is.
“It’s a very, very important tie for us,
because we want to be in the group
stage the next day,” Wenger said.
“I have big experience in the
Champions League – I have over 150
games – and I know if you want to
knock somebody out you need attitude
and commitment or you don’t do it.
That is what is at stake for us.
“That demands attitude and
commitment and desire to play the
game with full power, like we love to
do it.
“We had two good games recently, at
Fenerbahce and against Fulham, and
we want just to continue that run,
going into the game to win the game
without thinking about the result of
the first game.
“The Champions League is a fight.
Everybody wants to give his best. We
want to finish the job tomorrow. We
have a decent advantage, but we want
to get over the line.”
Right-back Carl Jenkinson, who is
hoping to keep his place in the team
that beat Fulham, says confidence in
the camp has grown in the days and
weeks since losing to Villa.
“After the first game everyone was
down and I think it was important we
responded quickly,” Jenkinson said.
“We did that against Fenerbahce and
the last couple of games have given
everyone that extra confidence that
you need and hopefully we can go on
a good strong run now.
“We need to be playing at the pinnacle
of football and that is the Champions
League. If you want to improve and
test yourself against the best players
in the world, you have to be playing in
the Champions League.
“It’s vitally important we go out there
and finish the job.”
Even if the Gunners did lose by three
goals or more, they could stay in the
tournament – subject to a Court of
Arbitration in Sport decision on
The Turkish side were banned for
two years from European
competition in June over match-
fixing allegations but were
reinstated while an appeal is
heard, the result of which will be
declared the day after the match.
All the best!!!


Posted August 26, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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