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Arsenal boss hoping to use Marseille confidence against Stoke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes his players can harness the confidence they gained from Wednesday night's Champions League win over Marseille and take it into this weekend's meeting with Stoke City.

The Gunners host the Potters on Sunday after Tony Pulis' men cruised past Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-0 in the Europa League last night and Wenger says it would be nice for them to be suffering from that match.

But he is not banking on it as club these days need to deal with cluttered schedules and he is hoping that the last-gasp win in France can spur the Gunners on to another much-needed victory.

"It's hard to play in the Premier League after European games but let's hope they suffer a little bit!" he said.

"It's very important for us to play to our strengths and not hope that Stoke are weaker because they have played in Europe. We are expecting a good opponent and for us to continue to focus.

"I feel the team has a good basis because the players are intelligent, they have a desire to do well and you can see the unity in the group is there. We have good ingredients but let's continue to be humble and have the desire to grow as a team.

"It doesn't matter for us, what is important is to win our game. A 1-0 victory against Stoke would be great so let's just focus, use the confidence lift from Marseille and go into the Stoke game to keep our run going."

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