Arsene Wenger

  • Chelsea must avoid complacency

    I think Chelsea will win the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Benfica, especially as it's at home.

    They won 1-0 in Lisbon and they're an experienced team that will not let such a lead slide.

    The situation for them in Europe is different to domestically. I think Chelsea are more motivated for the Champions League.

    Benfica, meanwhile, did not show enough at home and I can't see them snatching anything at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea must avoid complacency though...

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  • Barca will overrun Milan at Camp Nou

    I don't think Barcelona will struggle to get past Milan in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Catalonia.

    While they may have found it difficult in the goalless draw at the San Siro, Barcelona should not have too many problems at the Camp Nou.

    They will be too quick for Milan, who won't be strong enough defensively to stop them from scoring.

    Even without Eric Abidal, who is very influential, Barca probably will not concede at home.

    Regarding Bayern Munich, I expect Arjen Robben and co will continue their great form against Marseille.

    I really don't think Marseille can go

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  • Ronaldo can rival magical Messi

    Is Lionel Messi the best player of all time? I am always careful about this kind of comparison because it is almost impossible.

    In his generation, he is certainly the best player for now because he has so many qualities: pace, dribbling, decision-making, efficiency and humility. It is rare to see a player with this kind of talent without any sort of arrogance.

    I think what makes him so good is that he loves playing football. He is happy on the field and he can do things that no one else can do.

    I didn't see the game against Bayer Leverkusen, but I saw the five goals. Unfortunately, I saw him

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  • No excuses for Bayern

    Bayern Munich go into their second leg against Basel trailing 1-0, and they will be extra motivated because the final is at their Allianz Arena home.

    However, they should watch out for Basel, who have already shown this season that they can cause an upset.

    They were trailing to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and came back to get a result.

    Basel have real know-how, intelligent players and they have built a great structure at the club.

    Their coach Heiko Vogel used to be Bayern's assistant manager, but that shouldn't be an excuse for the German side if they do not get through.

    When the final

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  • Continental clubs closing the gap

    This season has witnessed a new interrogation of English clubs in the Champions League.

    There is no Manchester City left, no Manchester United. There is a 95 per cent risk that Arsenal will disappear, 60 per cent chance of a Chelsea elimination. It would be a big shock for England if the country's clubs leave the competition so soon.

    I think that not only is the English standard lower but also the standard of other European countries has improved. They are working well now again in Italy, they work well in Germany, they work well in France. As I said the gap is smaller, and that is the only

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  • Alex a bargain for PSG

    Alex celebrates scoring for PSG against MontpellierThings are getting very exciting in the French league, where Montpellier and Paris-SG are battling at the top.

    PSG's acquisition of Alex from Chelsea looks like a bargain to me.

    It was strange to see him disappear from the first team at Chelsea because he was really important in his first year there because of his physical presence, his playing ability and his remarkable free-kick taking.

    I think he had a spell out injured, then they bought David Luiz who got paired with John Terry.

    His only problem is a lack of quickness, which is the same for us with Per Mertesacker.

    But when players read

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  • We must play own game in Milan

    Wenger celebrates with former stars in Milan

    The first game against Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday will be an opportunity to put ourselves on the road to qualification.

    We have to score at least one goal, and play in a positive way in Milan.

    We will not remain deep in defence and will do our best to score goals - as we always have to against Milan.

    Milan have such know-how in the Champions League because they have played in this competition for years now. They also have many exceptional talents at their disposal such as Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Pato in attack.

    We will need a big defensive performance - and not forget to

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  • Ancelotti brings credibility to PSG

    PSG boss Carlo AncelottiI believe that Carlo Ancelotti's appointment will help Paris Saint-Germain in the transfer market, but that doesn't stop me from feeling sorry for Antoine Kombouaré.

    Kombouaré was sacked having led PSG to the top of Ligue 1 midway through the season. But this is often the way when a club is taken over — the new leadership wants to bring their own man in, and the incumbent pays the price even if he has done a good job.

    But Kombouaré should feel proud for what he did — he put PSG on a good track and deserved to go further with this team. What matters for a coach is his sense of accomplishment

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  • My shock at poor Morocco

    Morocco's Noureddine AmrabatI was surprised at Morocco's early exit at the African Cup of Nations.

    I have also been shocked at how well co-hosts Gabon and Equatorial Guinea have done.

    But I think it could be time for Ivory Coast's 'golden generation' to finally win something, although their main threat - possible final opponents Ghana - are the best side defensively.

    Watch the video below for my full thoughts on the African Cup of Nations so far.

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  • Arsenal’s values make us great

    Arsene WengerArsenal recently celebrated its 125th birthday, and it's a club with values that allow the team to go on and on: great management, tradition and courage.

    This club always based its evolution on simplicity, and I will always be thankful with the club for integrating me here.

    I think that in a foreign country you have to adapt yourself to the culture of the club. Then, you can bring your own philosophy and vision in the club.

    I managed to adapt myself to the strengths of the club: its values, its class. I tried to respect that, and I think I have done.

    To mark the occasion we unveiled statues of

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