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Champions League difficult for Arsenal - Bilic

28 August 2014 10:25

Slaven Bilic does not feel Arsenal can win the UEFA Champions League after they knocked his Besiktas side out of the tournament.

Arsenal limped into the group stages of the Europe's premier club competition with a 1-0 aggregate play-off success over Bilic's team.

Alexis Sanchez's first goal since joining from Barcelona in Wednesday's second leg put Arsenal through in a contest that also saw defender Mathieu Debuchy sent off.

The victory means that Arsene Wenger's men will compete in the competition proper of the Champions League for the 17th straight season.

However, despite their consistency in qualifying for the tournament, Bilic does not view the 2006 finalists as challengers for this season's trophy.

"I would love it [Arsenal to reach next year's final in Berlin] because it would make us look like contenders," Bilic said.

"If they improve [they have a chance], and of course they are going to improve, the league just started and they have got a few injuries.

"They are missing the strikers although Sanchez was good tonight. But to win it? With Bayern [Munich] and Real Madrid? Football is strange but it would be difficult."

Arsenal will discover their group-stage opponents at Thursday's draw in Monaco.

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1 - 0

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
27 August 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
On aggregate
1 - 0
Venue
Emirates Stadium (London)
Attendance
59946

Goals

A. Sánchez 45'+1
(assist by J. Wilshere) 
1 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
29
22
31
3
19 59'
13 79'
8 23'
10
15 32'
9
11
Coach: S. Bilic

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
21 77'
7
26
28
34
9
22
# Player Bookings
7 90'
20 85'
23
1
2
6
21

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