Arsene Wenger is hoping that his team's big match experience will see them through to the group stage of the Champions League. The Gunners must beat Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying tie - the first leg last week finished 0-0.
However, they will be without midfielder Aaron Ramsey who is suspended after being sent off in Istanbul. Striker Olivier Giroud is also out after picking up an injury. But Wenger believes his team is strong enough to cope:
Arsene Wenger has said that his club will adapt financially if they fail to qualify for the lucrative group stage of the Champions League. Arsenal play Besiktas tonight at the Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their qualifying tie. The first leg in Istanbul finished 0-0 so the Gunners are at risk of going out, especially if they concede an away goal.
A place in the group stage is worth millions of pounds but Wenger said his club could cope if they fail to qualify:
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said sorry for the red card he received in last night's Champions League qualifying match against Besiktas. He will be suspended for the second leg next week.
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the performance of referee Milorad Mazic was "very bad" during last night's first leg match of their Champions League qualifying tie. The Gunners drew 0-0 away to the Turkish side Besiktas but had midfielder Aaron Ramsey sent off for two yellow cards.
The second leg is at the Emirates Stadium in a week's time.