Wilshere targeting Group F top spot with Arsenal

The Gunners took all three points in their opening game against Marseille and, with two home games coming up, their young midfielder is confident of keeping their run going
Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal’s opening Champions League win in Marseille gives them an excellent chance of finishing top of Group F.

The Gunners ran out 2-1 winners at the Stade Velodrome, leaving them joint top with Napoli as they prepare to welcome the Italians to the Emirates Stadium in the next game, and the 21-year-old is already confident of progression.

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"Dortmund losing does open it up a bit," he told the Evening Standard. "We have got two home games now [against Napoli and Dortmund] and they are tough teams but if we play to our full potential in front of our fans, we should be able to win those games.

"If we win them both, we are sitting on nine points going into the last three games and that is a good position to be in.

"We also have Dortmund and Napoli away and away games are always tough but we want to finish top of the group.

"In the first game, if you can’t win it you make sure you don’t lose it but we won so it is a great start.

"We know it is only a great start because it is a tough group - Napoli beat Dortmund so any team can beat any other in this group so we have to be ready for the next game."

The result in the south of France was Arsenal’s 10th consecutive victory on the road, a club-record run that stretches back to their strong finish to last season when they sealed a place in the Champions League, and Wilshere is determined to keep up the good form.

"At the end of last season we knew we had to get that fourth position and I said at the start of the campaign we had to take that into this year," he continued.

"We started off badly losing at home [to Aston Villa] but we picked it up since. We won at Fulham away, which is not easy, and we have had some good away wins. The last 10 away games we have won but they have not been easy.

"Some games we had to hold out right until the end and in other games we have killed it off early. We are on a good run at the moment but we know we have got to keep that going."