Belfast Telegraph

Wenger not willing to settle for Europa League place

By Robert Jones

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflected on a satisfying night as his team's 3-0 victory at home to Dinamo Zagreb, coupled with Bayern Munich winning 4-0 against Olympiakos, kept the Gunners' Champions League campaign alive.

Only that combination of results was going to be enough to give Arsenal a chance of qualifying for the last 16 ahead of next month's final game away to the Greeks.

"It was a good night, we did a good job and played at a high pace, and Bayern did a good job too," said Wenger, after hearing the result from Munich.

"We wanted to come out with a chance and now we've got it. Now it's down to how well we do against Olympiakos."

Wenger was particularly impressed with goalscorer Mesut Ozil and hopes to see the German on the scoresheet again soon.

"I believe he had an outstanding first-half," Wenger said.

"We hope he gets a taste now to score. I've never seen him in the box so many times as he has been in the last five or six games and that's very good. He had two or three chances."

While the win assures Arsenal of a place in the Europa League at least, that is not interesting Wenger at present.

"That's not the target," he said. "We want to stay in the Champions League."

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin hailed the team's performance and he is now ready to go to Athens and go all out to secure a place in the knockout stages.

"The team knew it was a very important day - everyone had to turn up and that's what they did," he said.

"Now we're going to play for our lives against Olympiakos.

"The team is showing we have got a lot of quality, a lot of creativity. When we have all our players back, we're going to be up there."

On facing Olympiakos, midfielder Mathieu Flamini added: "We know its not going to be easy, but we are ready for this kind of games."

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