Wenger targets first place

UEFA Champions League

The English outfit needed two late strikes to edge their Belgian opponents 2-1 in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, and Wenger believes his side have learnt a lot from that encounter, although he is still wary of his European rivals ahead of the clash at the Emirates Stadium.

“We had a bit of a miraculous win because we needed to go until the last minute, but that also showed our quality,” the French coach said in the pre-match press conference. “We have been warned and we have learned a lot from that game.

“Sometimes just to do your job in our game is important. Let’s see if we can do that here.

“It is far from done because Anderlecht are a team who are certainly more dangerous away from home because they are good on the break.”

Arsenal currently lie second in Group D, three points behind Borussia Dortmund, yet victory in their remaining three group fixtures will leave the London side on top of the table – something which is definitely on the mind of the Gunners’ boss.

“I think if we win we have a good chance to qualify,” he said. “We want to take this opportunity - we are on a good run and we want to take advantage of that.

“I don’t know exactly how it is in the groups, but it is always better that you finish first because in some way you feel guilty if you don’t finish first.”

Kick-off for tonight’s encounter in London is scheduled for 21:45 South African time.

All Tuesday night Champions League fixtures:

Zenit vs Bayer Leverkusen 
Malmö FF vs Atlético Madrid 
Juventus vs Olympiakos 
Basel vs Ludogorets 
Real Madrid vs Liverpool 
Benfica vs Monaco 
Arsenal vs Anderlecht 
Borussia Dortmund vs Galatasaray

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