We have the unfavourable timing of Thursday night's Europa League group stage tie coming up this week, only three days before our trip to Stamford Bridge, and we can not afford to get distracted from that.
"We don't calculate that this is a way to get back in there, we have for 20 years done that in the Premier League".
Arsene Wenger's side beat Leicester City in their opening match of the new campaign but back-to-back defeats to Stoke City and Liverpool in the following two games left fans fearful of another nightmare season at the Emirate Stadium.
"It is a good opportunity to show we can cope", Wenger said. As many as seven key first-team players could be set to sit out of the matchday squad after they missed training on Wednesday morning. The team which started at Highbury that night was essentially that which delivered the double: David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Adams, Steve Bould, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour, Emmanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira, Marc Overmars, Dennis Bergkamp and Ian Wright.
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'This is a challenge but in the Bundesliga we have played against teams with similar qualities as Arsenal'.
Arsenal will be hoping to make a swift return to the Champions League and have two avenues to do so. Manager Jose Mourinho made winning the competition a priority as United slipped to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League. Arsenal my have had a battle-hardened core of English veterans, but Wenger nearly immediately brought with him a change of focus toward continental players and methods that saw careers extended and trophies lifted.
In the attacking third, the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez will probably get the nod to start behind Olivier Giroud.
It is already clear that reasserting themselves in the Premier League will be a huge task for Arsenal this season. "We got 75 points a year ago and overall, I am humble enough to be happy to win every competition".