Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal have not been handed a "free pass" out of the Champions League group stages. The Gunners travel to Belgium next week for the opening Group H fixture against Standard Liege, while Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar, and Greek outfit Olympiacos complete the line-up for the first phase.

"This group is not a free pass at all," insisted the Arsenal boss.

"We do not hide - we are favourites in this group, but we have to be realistic as well.

"We play against three teams who are champions in their country so that means they are top quality sides."

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