Wenger desperate to continue Arsenal’s Champions League streak

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger is aiming to continue Arsenal’s impressive run of successive Champions League campaigns when his side meet Besiktas in Istanbul on Tuesday night.The Gunners have travelled to the capital ahead of the first of their two-legged tie against the Turkish outfit with a 17th consecutive season at Europe’s top table in their sights.Wenger’s men will be full of confidence following a dramatic late 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on the first day of the new Premier League season, which came a week after beating defending top flight champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield.However, Wenger knows it will be no easy ride against Slaven Bilic’s well-organised outfit, who defeated Feyenoord 5-2 on aggregate at the last stage with former Chelsea striker Demba Ba netting a hat-trick in the second-leg.“It is a big test,” said the Frenchman.“We had a short preparation, and we know that in one week we have three big games. Besiktas home and away, and Everton in between.“Every game you win makes you stronger. On that front winning games helps you to gain confidence. The group still needs to grow.”Wenger also has the knowledge of the financial implications for the club if his team fail to secure yet another spot in the group stages, yet the manager insists that won’t be his primary thought when his men take to the pitch.“Financially it’s a big game, but that’s not the most important thing,” he added.“We want to compete at the top level and want to fight with the best in Europe. That’s the point of this competition for us, not the financial consequences.“We have always in the history at the club adapted to our finances. What’s very important is that you want to play against the best.”Arsenal’s provisional squad v Besiktas: Szczesny, Monreal, Chambers, Koscielny, Debuchy, Cazorla, Sanchez, Ramsey, Wilshere, Arteta, Giroud, Martinez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Campbell, Coquelin, Flamini, Bellerin.last_img