Arsene Wenger

  • Extraordinary APOEL have caught the eye

    APOELapoelAPOEL Nicosia are very much the surprise outfit of the Champions League for me, especially because they managed to finish top of their group.

    It is quite extraordinary, what they have achieved, and I am very curious to discover this team.

    I haven't really seen them play that much this season.

    The biggest surprise from this round of action in the Champions League was Manchester City and even Manchester United going out.

    They looked like they were able to qualify but they missed out on qualification.

    Don't forget Manchester United played in three of the past four Champions League finals so I

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  • Manchester clubs in danger

    The level in the Champions League is more balanced between the Premier League and other countries. Other countries improved a lot. I mean Spain, Italy, and especially Germany. We have a smaller margin between ourselves and others than five or six years ago.

    I think Manchester United will get the result they need against Basel and qualify,

    Rooney will be a key player tonight, because he is decisive. When a team is in trouble, players like Rooney are extremely important.

    He can create and score goals, he knows how to be physical. He is a complete player with a force and a desire to win.

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  • Mata proving deadly for Chelsea

    I love Juan Mata. I love his accuracy. Mata, 30 metres in front of goal, is deadly for any defence.

    Chelsea's problem is to be able to get him in this position. When he plays too far away from the goal he is not the kind of player who plays deep between the lines. However, when he is close to the goal, it is a different story.

    Mata is a former attacker who has switched to being a midfield passer. That is why, when he is in front of the goal, he is very dangerous. I like the accuracy of his assists as well.

    As for Andre Villas-Boas, I think that each age has its own quality, and obviously, at

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  • Tough night in store for City

    Manchester City face a difficult night in Italy against Napoli.

    A team like that, playing at home with the goalscorers that they have, are clearly dangerous. And Napoli will play double or quits on this game - they have to win.

    I saw Napoli play at Manchester City and they made a real impression in their organisation and their use of counter-attacks.

    They play like an Italian team inasmuch as they only attack three times per half, but when they are in and around the box they are remarkably efficient and they always finish well. They are very intelligent.

    I think they can achieve something

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  • Van Persie takes centre stage

    are some similarities between Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry, but they have
    a different way of playing.

    Above all, Van Persie is a very good player, then
    when we look at his stats we see he is also a goalscorer. He is in a group of
    players who are creative and effective.

    took the decision to play him through the middle because he doesn't have the
    physical characteristics of a winger. Players who have exceptional technical
    quality, as he does, should be played through the middle.

    week we play Marseille, from whom we bought Robert Pires in 2000. Robert has a
    lot of qualities as

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  • Van der Vaart could be key

    I expect Tottenham's
    Champions League tie with Real Madrid to be fairly even.

    For me, each side has
    a 50 per cent chance of winning the game, even if Real Madrid have a little bit
    of a head start.

    Madrid are the more
    accomplished of the teams
    and their players have a lot of experience in European

    For the first time in seven
    years Madrid have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, yet
    for Jose Mourinho and his team that won't be enough - they want to go on and win
    the competition.

    Madrid have greatly
    improved in terms of their tactics and attitude this season,

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