Arsene Wenger accepts it was something of a "gamble" to move on without Thierry Henry but the Arsenal manager is confident his men are up to the challenge of the Champions League.

There may be continued uncertainty off the pitch with Russian businessman Alisher Usmanov having increased his shareholding in the club and over just what the intentions of American billionaire Stan Kroenke are, but the Gunners have nevertheless made a superb start to the new campaign.

"It was a big gamble, and it is one I have not won yet because we have only played five games and it is nothing," said Wenger, who reluctantly let his star man join Barcelona during the summer. "I knew I took a gamble by losing Thierry - but you cannot keep (players like Emmanuel) Adebayor (out). At his age you have to let him play."

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