Wenger confident 'positive' Arsenal can deliver on big stage

Sep 18, 2012, 08:22 IST | AFP

After a frustrating start to the season, Arsenal appear to have hit form just in time for tonight's trip to competition debutants Montpellier in their opening Champions League fixture

Held 0-0 by first Sunderland and then Stoke City in the Premier League, Arsenal kick-started their campaign with a 2-0 win at Liverpool on September 2 before routing promoted Southampton 6-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Having endured a turbulent summer that saw captain Robin van Persie and Alex Song leave the club, Arsene Wenger has been thrilled to see his side find their feet ahead of a testing run of fixtures in the weeks ahead.

Arsene Wenger

“We have a big week coming up because we go on Tuesday now to Montpellier,” said the Arsenal coach, who is bidding to lead his side into the knockout rounds for the 13th consecutive season.

“On Sunday we play at Man City (in the Premier League) and we have two interesting weeks coming up because we play Chelsea as well. We will know more about our team then but there is a positive energy in this team, a desire to play well together, and real team play.”

Wenger will watch tonight’s game at Stade de la Mosson from the stands, as he serves the first match of a three-game ban for confronting the referee following last season’s Champions League elimination by AC Milan.

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