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Wenger: Arsenal have toughest Champions League group

17 September 2013 20:54

Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal have been placed in the most difficult UEFA Champions League group.

The Premier League outfit were drawn in Group F along with last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund, Ligue 1 outfit Marseille and Rafael Benitez's Serie A table-toppers Napoli.

And the Frenchman feels that the difficulty of the group means that 10 points should be enough for his side to secure a place in the round of 16.

"If you look at the group, I would say yes it is the hardest group because all the four teams have a chance to qualify," he said.

"That means that every game is basically a very important one. On average you need 10 points to qualify so that gives you the task. Ten points in a group as difficult as that could be a reasonable number to get through."

Arsenal begin their campaign with a visit to the Stade Velodrome to face Marseille on Wednesday, and the 63-year-old emphasised that performances away from home will be particularly important to secure qualification.

"It will play a big part because it is difficult to predict that you will absolutely win your three home games," he continued.

"You need points away from home and, like in every competition, the start is very important for the confidence of the team and to put you in a good position.

"Whether it is home or away, it is the same basically, we come here and we will try to win the game."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
18 September 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Stade Vélodrome (Marseille)
Attendance
38380

Goals

0 - 1
0 - 2
84' A. Ramsey
 (assist by K. Gibbs)
J. Ayew (PG) 90'+3  
1 - 2

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11 90+3'
14
29
7
13
16
23
# Player Bookings
17
31
21
25
5
37
45

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0

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