Sunday 25 February 2018

Wilshere warns Arsenal that they haven't qualified yet

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (right) and Arsenal's Per Mertesacker celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (left) and Mathieu Flamini celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (right) is filmed by a television crew as he shakes hands with Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda after the final whistle of the UEFA Champions League match at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal goalscorer Jack Wilshere knows his side need to regroup if they are to make sure of their qualification from a highly competitive Champions League Group F.

Wilshere scored both goals as the Gunners defeated Marseille 2-0 to remain top of the standings on 12 points, while Borussia Dortmund's 3-1 win over Napoli left them tied on nine points with the Italian side.

The England midfielder was on the scoresheet within the first minute before he added his second midway through the second half.

"It was strange as (anything) in the first 10 seconds," Wilshere told ITV of the first goal.

"We lost the ball and they had a chance and we broke really well and got in front and got a great start.

"We created a lot of chances tonight. We should have (scored more). We played great and got behind them."

Arsenal travel to Naples for their final group game knowing they have a three-goal cushion, and Wilshere is refusing to take anything for granted.

"It's a tough game, at home they are a very good team. They've got great fans," he said.

"We're not through yet - we have to regroup again. It's a tough group but we will go again."

Despite not making sure of qualification, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remained confident his side will be able to finish the job at the Stadio San Paolo on December 11.

The Gunners need just one point to progress to the knockout stages.

"Overall we were always in control of the game," Wenger said.

"Twelve points from five games is a good number of points and I'm confident we can take another point or three in Naples.

"It's an interesting one, a difficult one, but we have played other difficult games away from home against difficult opponents and have done well so that's what we have to put in our mind."

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