Gervinho: Arsenal want to top group

The Ivorian forward says that the Gunners will approach the game against Olympiakos as they would any other, despite having already secured their place in the next round
Arsenal forward Gervinho insists that the club will approach their Champions League meeting with Olympiakos as they would any other game, despite having already qualified from Group B.

Though their place in the competition's last 32 is guaranteed, the Ivorian emphasised the importance of qualifying as group winners – an outcome that would require Montpellier to get a result against Schalke in the group's other fixture.

"It's a bit different for us because first place of the group is still up for grabs so we do have something to play for, even if we have qualified already," Gervinho told the club's official website.

"Even if we have already qualified, we have to stay focused and humble. For the rest of the competition, it would not be good to finish the group stages with a defeat.

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"Anything is possible in football. Montpellier drew in Schalke earlier in the season so they can do it at home. I hope Olivier [Giroud] will make a few phone calls to the manager, the president and his former team-mates to make sure they help us!

"More seriously, if Montpellier win and we don't, it will be pointless anyway. So first of all, we need to do our part of the job. We will stay focused on ourselves and beating Olympiakos and then we will have a look at how Montpellier are doing."

The 25-year-old was, however, sure to underline the calibre of a number of his side's potential opponents in the knockout stages, regardless of which qualifying spot Wenger's men take.

"Look at Real Madrid," he added. "They are sure to finish second. So if you win your group, you could still face them in the last 16.

"First, let's beat Olympiakos and then whoever we face in the last 16, we'll be focused on going through.

"Also, the manager might rotate the team and then it becomes a good opportunity for some players who don't always play to play well and they will be very motivated."