Saturday, 13 September 2008

Arsenal Boss Wenger Targets Early Qualification From Champions League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his sights on qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League as quickly as possible.

Arsenal, who are in Group G of the Champions League have been drawn against Turkish club Fenerbahce, Dynamo Kiev from the Ukraine and Portuguese side FC Porto.

Wenger is aware that it is a tough group, but has targeted qualifying from it quickly, with the Frenchman believing that it will help the Gunners in the Premiership and ease the burden on the squad at the Emirates Stadium if they don’t have to go all out in the last two games of the Champions League.

Wenger said: “It gives you an edge in the Premier League if you qualify early and that you are not under stress to give absolutely everything in one important game, say in match night four, five or six of the group stage.

“But it is very difficult to predict that you will qualify early.

“Fenerbahce look to be an upcoming team because last year for the first time they reached the quarter-final and Turkey always have a good support.

“Dynamo Kiev are a bit unknown quantity for the moment because they always look to take the best players from Ukraine and Porto are former champions.”

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