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Arsenal handed 'difficult' Champions League group - Wenger

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have been handed a "difficult but exciting" Champions League group.

The north London side were pitted against Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in what has called the 'group of death'.

However Wenger has played down fears Arsenal will struggle to compete for a place in the last 16 of the prestigious European competition.

Speaking to Arsenal's official website, Wenger said: “It's difficult but exciting as well because it's a group of a very good level.

“We have played Dortmund two years ago. We did well against them and Napoli did well last year.

“Marseille we played two years ago as well. It's a similar group to what we knew two years ago.

“Every game will be of huge importance because it could be down to a point or goal difference in the end.”

Arsenal defeated last season's Champions League runners-up Dortmund at home in the 2011/12 campaign in which Wenger was alluding and claimed a 1-1 draw at the Signal Iduna Park.

Wenger also knows all about Rafael Benitez's Napoli as the two side met in the Emirates Cup at the beginning of August.

Arsenal needed a late goal from Laurent Koscielny to secure a 2-2 draw against the Italian side at the Emirates Stadium.

Ligue 1 runners-up Marseille were also named in Arsenal's group in 2011, when the Gunners beat the French side at Stade Velodrome.

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