Wenger believes Spurs rout can help Arsenal sink Montpellier

08:15 21 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during training. Photo credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsene Wenger is hoping his Arsenal side can use the confidence earned by thrashing north London neighbours Tottenham 5-2 to help them beat Montpellier and qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

The derby day victory gave the Gunners a much-needed boost following some indifferent displays.

One of those was in their previous home European tie, when their long unbeaten run was ended after Schalke ran out deserved 2-0 winners to take command of Group B.

Victory over Montpellier tonight, coupled with defeat for Olympiakos in Germany, would send the Gunners into the last 16 with a game to spare, although top spot would then most likely be out of reach, and with it seeding for the knockout stages.

“The Schalke game, at home, puts us under pressure to deliver against Montpellier. We cannot afford to happen what happened against Schalke again,” Wenger said.

“Fortunately we had a good result on Saturday and I think that will help us going into the game.

“You could see before the Tottenham match that the dynamics, the confidence was better again. Hopefully that will be a good basis to build on because you say always ‘We are good, we are good’ but when you don’t win people say ‘Maybe you are wrong’.

“Circumstances went a bit for us on Saturday, but what is important is to win the game and to build and lift the confidence.”

Arsenal will be without forward Theo Walcott because of a shoulder injury, but Gervinho and defender Kieran Gibbs are in contention after their recent lay-offs.

Related articles

Live Blog Transfer Window Live - January 26

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Still, at least it wasn’t as awkward as THAT Bruce Willis interview. Or a press conference with Dave Whelan…

Read more

The firm behind the Rift virtual reality headset is introducing its first VR movie this week.

Read more

Promoted content

Valentine's Day in London

If you’re struggling over what to buy for the special person in your life in your life, our Valentine’s Day in London section is here to help.

Established in 1987, Tucci is one of the North's premier stores for branded clothing, footwear and accessories.

Save up to 70% on designer brands for Men and Women, including G-Star, Diesel, French Connection, Firetrap and many more….our sale is now on.

Match reports

TOP STORIES

Arsenal Quizzes

Adrian Chiles is no longer ITV's main man... so why not test your knowledge of some of his (and others') greatest gaffes? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

With news of presenter Adrian Chiles’ sacking by ITV, it’s a good time to remember some of the most memorable punditry blunders.

Read more
£50million Fernando Torres and former Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglous are two of the biggest transfer flops in recent Premier League history

The transfer window is a time for optimisim, but it doesn’t always work out for the best...

Read more
Try our fiendishly difficult new Arsenal quiz! Picture: PA

This new quiz will test even the most devoted Arsenal fans’ knowledge...

Read more

Arsenal Transfer News