Chamakh: Gunners must move on

The Gunners threw away a 2-0 half-time lead during Saturday’s north
London derby at Emirates Stadium, where victory would have sent
them top of the Premier League. Manager Arsene Wenger lamented the
inability of his young side to deliver a big performance when it
mattered most as they suffered a second successive home defeat.
Chamakh – who took his tally to nine goals with a close-range
effort – feels having facing Braga so quickly is the perfect
opportunity to put that disappointment behind them. “It will help
us to forget the Tottenham game and we must focus on Braga and get
a victory,” the Moroccan said. Arsenal remain top of Group H,
despite losing their last European fixture away to Shakhtar Donetsk
– another match in which they were well in control. Braga were
thrashed 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Matchday 1 during
September, but could put themselves right back in contention for
qualification to the last 16 with victory over the Gunners. Chamakh
knows there can be no complacency against the Champions League
new-boys. “The group is tight,” he said. “There are three teams
going for top spot so we know we need to get a win over there.”
Wenger had lambasted his side for being complacent when leading
against Shakhtar through Theo Walcott’s early breakaway goal, and
it was a trait which appeared to have resurfaced against Spurs. The
Arsenal manager will leave his squad fully aware of the need to
maintain 100% focus in Portugal. “It is very important that we do
not repeat the performance in Donetsk,” he said. “We need to
produce a performance that allows us to get the points to qualify,
but I also want to win the game as that gives us the possibility to
finish the group stages very strongly, that is our target – we are
ambitious to win the group.” Midfielder Jack Wilshere should be
involved having been left on the bench against Spurs following the
back problem which kept him out of England duty. Denmark striker
Nicklas Bendtner was again conspicuous by his absence from the
match-day squad, having publicly questioned Wenger’s selection
policy, but is likely to be in the group which heads off from Luton
later this afternoon. Veteran goalkeeper Manuel Almunia may also be
ready for a recall, having been sidelined since the end of
September with an elbow injury.