Wenger wants early progress

Gunners boss looking for chance to rest players

Wenger: Keen to qualify

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Arsene Wenger is eager for Arsenal to secure UEFA Champions League qualification as quickly as possible.

The Gunners will be all-but guaranteed a spot in the last 16 on Wednesday night, if they beat Fenerbahce at home and Porto fail to win at Dynamo Kiev.

Arsenal head into the game on the back of throwing away a 4-2 lead at home to Tottenham Hotspur to draw 4-4 and a 2-1 defeat at Stoke in the Premier League at the weekend.

Wenger wants his players to rediscover the winning thread and is also looking for an opportunity to rest some members of his squad.


"I believe that once you qualify in the Champions League you can be completely focused and if needed, rest some players in the Champions League," said Wenger.

"That is why for us, it is important to qualify as quickly as possible, especially as we didn't win our last game.

"We had two bad experiences recently and that is why it is important to come back to winning ways and to qualify.

"We have not been efficient recently with our results in the last two games and that is why it is important to come back and win."

Carlos Vela could be involved at some stage against Fenerbahce, although Wenger believes the Mexican striker needs more time before being able to make an impact in the Premier League.

He added: "I believe Carlos is an outstanding striker and will be a top goalscorer as he is one of the best finishers I have seen personally.

"He is 19 and plays at a top club, but we believe he needs not to improve his finishing or his technical qualities, but to adjust to the combative side of the English game."