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ARSENE WENGER ad­mits Arse­nal are al­ready fac­ing a must-win Cham­pi­ons League clash.

The Gun­ners are on the back foot after los­ing their Group D opener at Borus­sia Dort­mund.

And that has prompted Wenger to claim his side’s home form will de­ter­mine whether or not they reach the knock­out stages.

That cranks up the pres­sure on tonight’s clash at the Emi­rates with Galatasaray.

The Turks have a dis­mal record in Eng­land, but Gun­ners boss Wenger know his side could be left red-faced if they un­der-es­ti­mate their op­po­nents.

“You need to get a min­i­mum of 10 points in the group stage, so the home games re­ally are vi­tal,” he said.

“We had a bad re­sult in Dort­mund and at the mo­ment I feel that the po­ten­tial is there for us.

“We don’t lose a lot, but we want to find our win­ning edge. We have that op­por­tu­nity on Wed­nes­day.

“It’s early but we are maybe un­der more pres­sure to win the game than if we had beaten Dort­mund.


“But it is al­ways the same in the Cham­pi­ons League – you want to win your home games. You just need one good re­sult away from home and then win all your home games.”

Wenger’s side are un­beaten in the Premier League, but have lost the win­ning habit.

The week­end draw with north London ri­vals Tot­ten­ham was Arse­nal’s FOURTH stale­mate in six league games.

And their cause against Galatasaray won’t be helped by the ab­sence of Aaron Ram­sey and Mikel Arteta, who hob­bled out of the Spurs clash. Jack Wil­shere was also in­jured at the week­end but trained with the squad yes­ter­day.

Wenger has strength­ened his long-term at­tack­ing op­tions by se­cur­ing the fu­ture of striker Olivier Giroud.

The French­man has agreed a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that will keep him at the club un­til 2018.

Wenger said: “It’s done. It will be done.

“We have plenty of op­tions, a strong squad. We have more op­tions of­fen­sively but we have to trans­late that into goals.”

Kieran Gibbs echoed his man­ager’s view that Arse­nal must re­dis­cover the win­ning touch at home.

The left-back said: “Es­pe­cially at home, we need to con­tinue that con­sis­tency in the Cham­pi­ons League.

“We are not here just to take part.”

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