Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal to finish the job when they host Fenerbahce at the Emirates on Tuesday bidding to qualify for the lucrative UEFA Champions League group
The Gunners go into the second leg play-off clash in a comfortable position following a 3-0 win in Turkey last week.
Second-half goals from Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud buoyed the Gunners’ hopes of securing their place in Thursday’s draw for the group stages for a 16th successive season.
It was just the morale-boosting performance Wenger was seeking following his side’s 3-1 opening Premier League home defeat by Aston
The Arsenal boss has warned against complacency, saying: “It’s a very, very important tie for us, because we want to be in the group stage the next
“If you want to knock somebody out you need attitude and commitment or you don’t do it. That demands attitude and commitment and desire to play the game with full power, like we love to do it.
“We want to finish the job. We have a decent advantage, but we want to get over the line.”
The Gunners have since followed up the win in Turkey with a 3-1 derby victory over Fulham to silence crisis talk following the Villa defeat and a
summer of no big-name transfer arrivals.
Fenerbahce, whose place in the European competition is still subject to a hearing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport after they were banned for
match-fixing, created little in the opening leg.
Opposition boss Ersun Yanal must come up with new answers for his side after Arsenal limited his team to few openings at the Sukru Saracoglu
Stadium and silenced the home support.
But history is firmly against the Turkish team, who have only scored a combined three goals on eight previous trips to England. If they did get the win, Yanal’s team would become only the third continental opponents in 50 years to inflict a home
defeat of three goals or more on the Gunners.
Laurent Koscielny has been included in the Arsenal squad for the Champions League play-off second leg.
The French defender received a deep cut on the head during the last week’s first leg in Turkey but Wenger has confirmed Koscielny is in his squad, but no decision has been made on
whether he starts.
Wenger, even with the Gunners’ 3-0 lead, also ruled out making wholesale changes, saying “95% of the team who played at Fulham will play”, despite the north London coming up on Sunday.
Yaya Sanogo and Nacho Monreal may be included in a side that will feature Jack Wilshere.
Fenerbahce will be without injured former Newcastle midfielder Emre Belozoglu for the cash at Emirates Stadium.
However, they are likely to field former
Liverpool men Raul Meireles and Dirk Kuyt and will be counting on them to perform well to have any chance of overturning a three-goal deficit.