Wojciech Szczesny: Arsenal must finish top of group

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny challenges Arsenal to seal victory at Napoli and finish top of their Champions League group

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Wojciech Szczesny has started all of Arsenal's league games so far this term Photo: Nike

Wojciech Szczesny has challenged Arsenal to seal victory at Napoli and finish top of their Champions League group to increase their chances of a favourable last-16 draw.

The Gunners look set to book their place in the knockout phase, with Napoli needing to beat Arsene Wenger’s men by a 3-0 scoreline to progress at the north Londoners’ expense.

But goalkeeper Szczesny has warned that Arsenal can ill afford to rest on their laurels and wants the north Londoners to go for the victory in Italy.

I don’t think there will be any problems with our approach to the game

Wojciech Szczesny

“I think it’s important to finish top,” Szczesny told Arsenal Player.

“This year as well most of the big boys are top of their groups so coming on top of our group will give us probably a better draw in the last 16.

“I don’t think we should approach the game thinking that we need to avoid a defeat. We believe that we’re good enough to go there and get a win. We don’t need to change our attitude, we need to keep it going the way we have been and that should give us a result.

“It’s a Champions League fixture which is always enjoyable, you’re always up for it. I don’t think there will be any problems with our approach to the game.”

Arsenal v Napoli: Pre-match facts

• Napoli have won both of their home games, having begun with a 2-1 victory against Dortmund and beaten Marseille 3-2 on matchday four.

• Arsenal are in the group stage for the 16th season in a row and have qualified for the second phase 13 years in succession.

• Rafael Benítez guided Liverpool to a 5-3 aggregate win against Arsenal in the 2007-08 quarter-finals, drawing 1-1 away before a 4-2 home win.

• Napoli are still unbeaten in six home games in the competition, winning five and drawing 1-1 with Bayern Munich on 18 October 2011.

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