Search

Wenger believes Spurs rout can help Arsenal sink Montpellier

08:15 21 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsene Wenger is hoping his Arsenal side can use the confidence earned by thrashing north London neighbours Tottenham 5-2 to help them beat Montpellier and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The derby day victory gave the Gunners a much-needed boost following some indifferent displays.

One of those was in their previous home European tie, when their long unbeaten run was ended after Schalke ran out deserved 2-0 winners to take command of Group B.

Victory over Montpellier tonight, coupled with defeat for Olympiakos in Germany, would send the Gunners into the last 16 with a game to spare, although top spot would then most likely be out of reach, and with it seeding for the knockout stages.

“The Schalke game, at home, puts us under pressure to deliver against Montpellier. We cannot afford to happen what happened against Schalke again,” Wenger said.

“Fortunately we had a good result on Saturday and I think that will help us going into the game.

“You could see before the Tottenham match that the dynamics, the confidence was better again. Hopefully that will be a good basis to build on because you say always ‘We are good, we are good’ but when you don’t win people say ‘Maybe you are wrong’.

“Circumstances went a bit for us on Saturday, but what is important is to win the game and to build and lift the confidence.”

Arsenal will be without forward Theo Walcott because of a shoulder injury, but Gervinho and defender Kieran Gibbs are in contention after their recent lay-offs.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Arsenal Ladies' Alex Scott

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal Ladies full-back Alex Scott is looking forward to the start of the new FA Women’s Super League season after the 2015 fixture list was announced today.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Arsenal's Perry Groves battles for the ball with Leeds United's Chris Fairclough (c) and Chris Whyte (r)

Perry Groves has urged Arsenal to take their ‘Manchester City form’ to the south coast for their big FA Cup fourth round clash with Brighton on Sunday.

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Kian Thomas after his national novices title victory in December 2013

Kentish Town welterweight Kian Thomas admits his enthusiasm for boxing had waned of late – but believes his switch to the professional ranks will revive it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Valerian Spicer, Islington BC

Islington BC’s Valerian ‘The Dame’ Spicer has made history by securing her country’s first ever international podium finish at the Nations Cup tournament in Serbia.

Most read sport

Can the public get to the bottom of those bright lights in the sky?

Fonejacker has nothing on these lot.

Flights are being cancelled, schools are being closed, and America’s northeast is getting prepared for a lot of snow.

Cinematic classics get a right-wing twist from Twitter. The results are thoroughly amusing.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder