Arsenal boss Wenger: Good win ahead of Chelsea showdown

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with their performance in victory over Champions League opponents Standard Liege last night.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was pleased with their performance in victory over Champions League opponents Standard Liege last night.

Samir Nasri and Denilson scored to earn the Gunners a 2-0 win over Standard Liege which leaves them on an unassailable 13 points at the group summit, six clear of second-placed Olympiacos.

"The first half was good, with lots of fluent movement, but after we lacked a bit of urgency in the final third because we eased off," he said.

Wenger added: "If you look in the last eight or nine games, we have had a very good run.

"Saturday at Sunderland was not at the requested level.

"It is not out of the mind of the players because you never forget a disappointment, but it was important to win this game well with the Chelsea game on Sunday in mind."

Arsenal continued their fine record of qualifying for the latter stages of Europe's elite club competition - something Liverpool could not do tonight.

"I am pleased, because this competition is not easy," said Wenger, who took his side to the final in 2006 and semi-finals last season.

"We were favourites in this group, which was normal, so we just did the job.

"But if you put the 10 years together, we have been consistent."

Wenger added: "There are two competitions in the Champions League, one is a championship, one is a cup.

"We move into that cup stage now, and that's very different psychologically.

"Every minute now becomes important. We have to adapt to that.

"Let's get all our injured players back, get in a strong position in the Premier League, and that will give us the confidence."

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