Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defeating Basle Top Priority for Wenger

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Defeating Basle Top Priority for Wenger

Article excerpt

ARSENE Wenger is aiming to take another step towards guiding Arsenal to the top of their Champions League group tonight when they welcome Basle to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have made it through the group stage for the past 16 years but they have failed to get beyond the round of 16 in the previous six attempts.

One of the problems has been their inability to finish in top spot in their group, leaving them open to face some of Europe's biggest names.

Barcelona eased past Wenger's side last year but, after fighting to a draw at Paris St Germain in their opening game of Group A, the Frenchman is hoping that can lead to advancing as group winners and avoiding the rest of Europe's elite.

He said: "It's our target but the truth is on the pitch.

"We had a good game on Saturday but let's show we can go from good game to good game and put the effort in in every game.

"That's what it is about, as you said in recent years we came always out of the group stage. …

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