The Frenchman has affirmed that team morale is high before the clash with the Bhoys in the east end of Glasgow.Arsenal travel to Celtic tomorrow for the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie boosted by their opening day 6-1 drubbing of Everton at Goodison Park, and manager Arsene Wenger feels that such a display is a sign of the threat his side can pose to anyone when they are at their best.
The Gunners go to Glasgow with several injury problems, with Theo Walcott ruled out and Cesc Fabregas only '50-50' for the game, whilst Denilson and Bacary Sagna are also doubtful. Nevertheless, Wenger asserted that his men were feeling confident when he spoke to reporters at his afternoon press conference today.
"Confidence is a highly important factor," he affirmed. "You know life is about talent, attitude and opportunity.
"I believe we have talent, we have attitude and we have a good opportunity in front of us to show that we are good enough, so let's take it.
"For example, many people were doubting our capacity to win away from home, but I would just remind them that we are the team who scored more goals away from home last year than anybody else in the Premier League. So it cannot be a complete surprise to people who live with facts.
"We have a united spirit but you have to take care of the spirit in the side. And the players have to take care of that, because it's as fragile as the weather in England. It's quickly cloudy.
"When you have no attitude and no spirit you have no results. And when you have results you have to take care of it because you can lose it quickly.
"I believe we have a good strong attitude, a strong togetherness and that's something that came out on Saturday."
Meanwhile, the Frenchman also sees the main threat to his side in the competition coming from Spain, particularly as Real Madrid have spent so heavily in the summer transfer market.
"Real Madrid is stronger than last year, for sure. Barcelona cannot be much weaker, and maybe Inter Milan is stronger as well," he mused.
"As for the rest in Europe, unless there is somebody surprising coming out, I can't see any team which has made revolution."
Zack Wilson, Goal.com
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