Arsene Wenger has tempered expectation over Arsenal’s chances of winning the Champions League, saying that the club must be realistic over their chances in the competition.
Last season, Arsenal were knocked out in the last-16 by Monaco, losing the home leg 3-1 after their most disappointing performance of the season.
Arsenal have been drawn in the same group as Bayern Munich, thus making it extremely difficult to finish in top spot. Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb complete the line-up, with Wenger’s first assignment in Croatia on Wednesday evening.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Wenger said that aims of winning the Champions League should be put on hold, at least until Arsenal had progressed from the group stage.
“This drive (to win the Champions League) is immense,” he insisted. “I believe that first of all, it has never been done at Arsenal.”
“We were very close but on the other hand, I am long enough to be realistic and know that you have to put hard work in. This is a championship and after the cup starts if you get out. Let us focus on that first. We are ambitious but we are not dreamers.”
Wenger also hinted that he would make changes to his team ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime:
“I know I have a squad of experienced players. Every decision I make is difficult, so it’s easier to rotate than it was before.”
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 15, 2015