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Champions League 2013 – Day 5

Arsenal 2-0 Marseille

Coach Wenger speaks to the press:

on a comfortable evening…
We were in control of the game and overall we were never really under threat tonight. We had a good control – maybe sometimes we were missing the cutting edge to finish the game off early on but we felt so much in control that we just played on, thinking that would come. It came a bit late for my taste but it came.

on Wenger saying Wilshere wasn’t a regular goalscorer…
If I’m wrong, I’m happy! I liked his first goal. Before, he rushed a little bit. He’s starting to think ‘what Ramsey can do, I can do as well’. He’s calm in front of goal and especially the first goal shows that.

on having 12 points and still not being qualified…
It’s unbelievable but it’s reality. We have to finish the job. It is not an easy situation – it is a tricky situation because you can think ‘OK, let’s just not lose big’ but I think that would be a mistake. [We need to] go there, play in a positive way and try to win the game. Everything else would be a dangerous gamble. Having said that, Marseille will play the last game at home to Dortmund – they haven’t lost [that game] yet. They will have to turn up. They will be under pressure to at least take some points from this group stage.

on if he will field a strong team in Naples…
Yes. We have a big programme – I will have to rotate a little bit until then. We have three Premier League games just before we go to Naples so I’ll have to use my squad well without dropping points in the league, and go there with a very strong team.

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