• Campbell can help Arsenal score goals, says Wenger

    first_img Arsenal’s Joel Campbell Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains confident he has an attack capable of seeing off the challenge of Besiktas and secure a place in the group stages of the Champions League.The Gunners returned from the first leg of their play-off at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium with a goalless draw after surviving several scares against Slaven Bilic’s well-organised side and the late sending off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey.However, if Arsenal are to progress then they will certainly need to improve sharpness in the penalty area.“When you don’t score people are critical about goals and I agree with them, but we had chances and having watched the game again I believe we had the chances against Besiktas and much more than we had against Crystal Palace [in their opening Premier League game],” said Wenger.“Joel Campbell can contribute to that. At the moment he has not got his chance, but he will get it.”That may be music to the ears of some Arsenal fans after France forward Olivier Giroud angered a number of Gooners through his missed chances. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was unlucky when his late drive was touched on to the far post.However, as well as Costa Rica ace Campbell, Wenger could also call upon Yaya Sanogo, who missed the first leg with a hamstring problem, should he aim to mix things up in attack.Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski should also be available for the tie with Per Mertesacker brought in to shore up the defence.Wenger, though, knows his side cannot be too cautious as they look to qualify for the lucrative elite competition for a remarkable 17th consecutive campaign.“I would say even if you concede, the target is to win the game. We conceded against Crystal Palace and still won the game,” the manager said.“The task is clear – we are at home, we want to qualify for the Champions League group stage and the target is to win the game.“No matter what happens, I think we have the potential to win the game.”Besiktas hit the crossbar almost straight from kick-off when an audacious long-range effort from Demba Ba, the former Chelsea striker, was touched on to the woodwork by Wojciech Szczesny.Despite not making the most of their chances, Ba believes the Turkish side, who last qualified for the group stages in 2009/10, can head to England positive of getting a result.“I think we were the better team on the pitch and we could have taken advantage of the dominance we had of the whole game,” he said on www.uefa.com.“Unfortunately it didn’t happen – some days are just like this – so we will try to make it happen in London next week.”Bilic, the former West Ham and Everton defender, must serve a UEFA-imposed one-match touchline ban at the Emirates Stadium having been sent to the stands by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic towards the end of the first leg. 1last_img

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