Wenger has no fear ahead of Dragao visit

Confident Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is “not scared” his team will fail to deliver the result needed against Porto tonight to win their Champions League group.

Confident Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is “not scared” his team will fail to deliver the result needed against Porto tonight to win their Champions League group.

The Gunners are already qualified for the knockout stages, and need only to avoid defeat at the Estadio do Dragao to secure top spot and with it a better seeding.

However, Wenger has taken something of a depleted squad out to Oporto, with youngsters Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Gavin Hoyte, Mark Randall, Fran Merida, Jack Wilshere and Jay Simpson all among the travelling party.

Wenger, though, rejected the notion his team selection was set to be a “big gamble”, saying: “I am not scared – I believe this that team can produce the result we need to finish top of the group and that’s the only reason why I made this decision.

“There are many injuries and many people who have played a lot of games.

“We are not in a position as well where we need to take a big gamble on players to be out for two or three weeks.”

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