Search

Arsenal boss targets Galatasaray victory in case Dortmund slip up

PUBLISHED: 22:48 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 07:48 27 November 2014

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during the UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must go all out for victory in their final Champions League group match despite already clinching qualification for the last 16.

The Gunners beat Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund 2-0 on Tuesday to make certain of second place – but they could yet sneak into top spot in the final round of games next month.

Wenger’s side travel to winless Galatasaray – who are already out of the running for even Europa League football – and victory could lift them above Dortmund if the Germans slip up against Anderlecht on the same night.

The Arsenal boss said: “It will depend a little bit on what happens in the next few games. But I will try to win the last game and you never know.

“If Anderlecht win in Dortmund and we don’t beat Galatasaray, we will feel stupid. But I think it’s 90 per cent certain we will finish second and Dortmund first.

“From now until [the first knockout round in] February we must improve as a team, get encouragement from this game and hope we have nearly all our players back.

“Look who has qualified around Europe, there are many teams who are top level.”

Wenger’s side were quick out of the blocks against Dortmund, with Yaya Sanogo firing them into a second-minute lead with his first competitive goal for the club.

Arsenal were on top for most of the game and Alexis Sanchez curled in an exquisite goal 12 minutes into the second half to clinch the points and end Dortmund’s 100 per cent record in the group.

“I think he [Sanogo] played well,” added Wenger. “He protected the ball well and he won many challenges. He’s a young boy but he has presence and character and he’s naturally committed – that natural aggressive attitude up front is vital.

“It was a very intense game between two good teams and I felt we had a good combination, we were highly focused to defend well together from the first to the last minute.”

However, Wenger also revealed that the victory had given him two more injury headaches ahead of his side’s next Premier League game, away to West Brom on Saturday.

Captain Mikel Arteta limped off with a recurrence of his calf problem, while Sanogo was also substituted late in the game due to a hamstring strain.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington Sports News

10:30

Maddie Hinch makes several fine saves, but it isn’t enough to send them through to final

Yesterday, 16:00

The latest news from the local boxing scene

Yesterday, 13:30

Middlesex man Dawid Malan could also make Test debut in game at the Oval

Yesterday, 12:00

North Middlesex beat ealing in final on Sunday

Wed, 17:24

The NR F1 Podcast takes to the airwaves to bring you its 2017 British Formula 1 Grand Prix review.

Wed, 17:00

France international has been linked with Everton, AC Milan, West Ham and Marseille in recent weeks

Wed, 15:00

Middlesex face three games in four days

Wed, 11:30

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Premier League is more important than the Champions League this week.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now