Your View: Arsenal’s European task after UCL group stage draw
Less than a day after completing their cruise past Celtic to book a place in the Champions League’s group stage, the Gunners learned their fate earlier today.
Yet again, Wenger’s men have been handed a seemingly manageable task in Europe’s elite competition with Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, Greek champions Olympiacos and Belgian contenders Standard Liege making up Group H.
But despite being confident, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis will not dare to underestimate any of these opponents.
Especially when complacency has seen the Gunners finish second in the group stage for the past two seasons.
“Some might look at it (Group H) and see it as an automatic pass but we don’t see it like that,” Gazidis said.
“We think it will be very tough. But we won’t lose our focus. We have a very determined group.”
“It is good to have relatively short travel times and we would like to get off to a good start (at home to Standard Liege). We would also like to qualify as early as we can out of the group phase.”
There is no denying that Wenger and his men welcomed this trio of teams with open arms once the draw was made, but how do you really see Arsenal contesting in the Champions League group stage?
Let your views be heard.