“But Arsenal are in a group where a kid friend of mine is the manager of Olympiakos and it would be fantastic for the kid’s career to go through”.
There are no grey areas for the Gunners and nothing that happens in the other game between Bayern Munich and Zagreb will have any bearing on whether Arsenal qualify for the next phase or not.
However, following further tests, Wenger revealed last night that while the injury doesn’t need surgery, Coquelin is now likely to be out for 12 weeks meaning he won’t return until mid-February. “Both did it well and it gives us a chance”, Wenger said.
“We have providers. Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla all have quality while Mesut Ozil is not just a provider now – he likes to get on the end of things”. “I don’t know, but I believe we can do it”, he added.
“We know the task and for us this task has one big advantage – it is very clear what we have to do”.
“We definitely can do it. We played handsome football against Dinamo and scored three goals”.
And BT Sport pundit Gerrard believes that decision will continue to cost Arsenal and their chances of silverware. This time we need to qualify. “It will be tough but we have to believe we can do it and I believe we can do it”.
“You have to trust UEFA and the organisation over there to ensure it is handled well”.
Arsenal gave their campaign some hope after they defeated Dinamo Zagreb 3-0 at the Emirates and confirmed themselves a place in at least the Europa League.
Arsenal won their second game in the Champions League this year and also benefit from the loss of Olympiacos to Bayern Munich.
“The season is always very long so sometimes you have to accept being on the bench but sometimes you have the opportunity to prove you can still play in the Arsenal team”, he was quoted as saying by British media.
“And Campbell as well had a little calf problem, so I will have to assess all that on Friday, latest Saturday”.
“I would have loved to rest Sanchez tonight but I had two different options, once it was 3-0 you don’t need him to track back”.