Family affair helps Wenger prepare for Arsenal-Basel match

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he knows a lot about their next Champions League opponents Basel thanks to midfielder Granit Xhaka whose brother, Taulant Xhaka, plays for the Swiss champions.

Family affair helps Wenger prepare for Arsenal-Basel match

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LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 27, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING:

“Yes of course a little bit because (Granit) Xhaka plays against (Taulant) Xhaka tomorrow and so it’s a family job basically. So I think they might hide each other some truth as well; but of course we know Basel well because we have bought (Mohamed) Elneny last season from Basel and I know them quite well but it’s the team that dominates the Swiss championship, who has excellent results in England because they have beaten everybody in England; Man United and Chelsea and Liverpool so they have made strong results in Europe.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING:

“They have a huge experience at the club and this experience goes through the generations so that’s why they’re not intimidated and I don’t expect them to be intimidated at all. On the other hand, they have nothing to lose as well if you go to Arsenal. They are a team; they know they have qualities, so they have nothing to lose to that’s always dangerous.”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING:

“As you said in recent years we came always out of the group stage. Last year, let’s say with difficulties because we made it difficult for ourselves and we have learned as well that in the group stage it’s not only important to qualify but if possible qualify as top of the group which gives you much…many more chances after to go through.”

STORY: It will be a family affair at the Emirates on Wednesday (September 28) when Arsenal midfielder, Granit Xhaka, faces his brother, Basel midfielder Taulant Xhaka, in the Champions League.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger joked that he had been receiving some inside information from his midfielder ahead of their second Group A match in this season’s competition.

“Yes of course a little bit because (Granit) Xhaka plays against (Taulant) Xhaka tomorrow and so it’s a family job basically. So I think they might hide each other some truth as well,” Wenger said at a news conference on Tuesday (September 27).

The Frenchman added that he has a good knowledge of the Swiss champions after signing Egyptian Mohamed Elneny from Basel last season and watching their previous strong performances in the Champions League/.

“I think they might hide each other some truth as well; but of course we know Basel well because we have bought (Mohamed) Elneny last season from Basel and I know them quite well but it’s the team that dominates the Swiss championship, who has excellent results in England because they have beaten everybody in England; Man United and Chelsea and Liverpool so they have made strong results in Europe,” Wenger said.

“They have a huge experience at the club and this experience goes through the generations so that’s why they’re not intimidated and I don’t expect them to be intimidated at all. On the other hand, they have nothing to lose as well if you go to Arsenal. They are a team; they know they have qualities, so they have nothing to lose to that’s always dangerous.”

Arsenal got off to a solid start in Europe this year after earning a 1-1 draw away to Paris St Germain two weeks ago and Wenger is hoping the club can finish top of their group – something they haven’t done since the 2011-12 season.

“In recent years we came always out of the group stage. Last year, let’s say with difficulties because we made it difficult for ourselves and we have learned as well that in the group stage it’s not only important to qualify but if possible qualify as top of the group which gives you much…many more chances after to go through,” Wenger said.

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