Arsenal have a proud record in the champions league and Arsene Wenger expects his team to continue it tonight when the German side Schalke visit the Emirates. Wenger is confident that the Gunners will have no repeat of the hugely disappointing performance against Norwich.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious.”
The last time Arsenal lost at home to a non-English club was 2003. They have only lost twice in 48 home games in the champions league, only once at the Emirates and not at all in the last 16 matches. A win for the Germans is as likely as winning the lottery jackpot!
“I think what changes in the champions league is that teams don’t come to defend, they play their game. So it is a bit more even.
“Still, overall, the most important thing is that we have the ball, we play our football, we concentrate on the quality of our game, express our talent and just enjoy playing.
“We have a good opportunity now. We play at home against Schalke and, since we won in Montpellier, our qualification has depended on how well we do at home.”
Wenger has been careful to ensure that all the players are ready for a good Schalke team. One of the problems on Saturday was that Arsenal underestimated Norwich and started to believe what the papers were saying. Hopefully, they have all learned a hard lesson and will make sure that Schalke suffer the backlash.
A win tonight will put Arsenal within touching distance of the next phase, and will help erase the painful memory of Carrow Road.