Arsenal fearful of early Champions League exit

Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has admitted he is fearful of an early exit from the Champions League for Arsenal, after seeing his side get drawn in the ‘group of death’, reports talkSPORT.

The Gunners are set to kick off their sixteenth consecutive season in Europe’s premier club competition, with a trip to Marseille.

Arsene Wenger’s side then have to take on Rafael Benitez’s Napoli, and last season’s runners up Borussia Dortmund, with Group F looking by far and away the most difficult group of this season’s competition.

And Wenger is wary that his side may find it difficult to progress unless the injury situation at the Emirates improves quickly.

“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,” Wenger said.

“That means the every game is basically a very important one.

“On average you need 10 points to qualify so that gives you the task – 10 points in a group is difficult as that could be a reasonable number to get through.

“[Away games] will play a big part because it is difficult to predict that you will absolutely win your three home games.

“But anyway, you need points away from home and as you know, like in every competition, the start is very important for the confidence of the team and to put you in a good position so tomorrow we start.

“I am concerned because from now the team play for two months every three or four days and it’s important we get some players back because you cannot play for the next two months with the squad we have at the moment.”

Wenger may take confidence however from the fact that the Gunners have not been eliminated at the group stage since the 1999/2000 season.

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