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The Gunners' last line of defence believes that it will be a "tragedy" if the north London club fails to beat the Bhoys in the Champions League play-offs...

Arsenal will have to overcome Scottish heavyweights Celtic in order to advance to the group stage of the Champions League, and Gunners’ goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has proclaimed that it would be a “tragedy” if his side were to crash out of the competition at this early stage.

"[Beating Celtic] is vital for the club, not only for the prestige, but also for the money," the shot-stopper has been quoted by the Irish Independent as saying.

"It would be a tragedy not to be in the Champions League."

Meanwhile, manager Arsene Wenger’s words are contrasting - he insists that he is not looking at the financial aspect of the star-studded tournament.

"It's not crucial financially, it is crucial in the sporting side - we want to play with the best," 'The Professor' remarked.

Wenger has never failed to deliver Champions League football in his 13-year spell at the forefront of the Gunners' cannonade.

Adithya Ananth, Goal.com

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