Wenger relishes tough test

13 December 2007 08:13
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not too concerned that his side failed to top Champions League Group H, despite the Gunners now being set to take on one of Europe's elite in the last 16. One of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Internazionale, AC Milan or FC Porto await Wenger's team in the knockout stages, after Sevilla took top spot with a win away to Slavia Prague. Wenger said: "We finished with 13 points which was good but not good enough to win the group. "That promises us a very interesting last-16 game. I'm not at all disappointed that we can now draw one of the big clubs. "It's a good opportunity to prove ourselves. Two years ago we played Juventus and won. Last season we played PSV Eindhoven yet lost. It's a cup game. "I'm highly confident we can beat anybody. I have great belief in my team and their ability to grow stronger." Of the display in the 2-1 win over Steaua Bucharest, he added: "We had a good first half and overall our game was well organised. Our combination play was good. "We were not clinical enough to finish what we created, but overall I was happy. "In the second half our game dropped and from what I could see from upstairs that was for physical reasons."

Source: ESA