Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sparta Skipper Backs Gunners to Take Title

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sparta Skipper Backs Gunners to Take Title

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Byline: WAYNE VEYSEY

SPARTA PRAGUE captain Martin Petras insisted today that Arsenal can win the Champions League this season.

The defender was sufficiently impressed by the Gunners' performances in the two group matches between the sides to mark them out as one of the competition favourites.

Petras said: "Arsenal are good enough to win the Champions League. It obviously depends on what type of draw they have but they have the players to do well.

"They have a lot of players who are a threat in the final third of the pitch - Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Robert Pires, Robin van Persie. They are individuals who are matchwinners.

"They haven't always done that well in the Champions League but I don't think any team would want to play them, for sure. The team are strong in most areas but it is in the last third that you win matches and that is where they can really hurt you.

"I would say they are one of the favourites but you have Chelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan and Juventus as well so there are a lot of strong teams. …

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