Wenger slams Rome violence

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Arsene Wenger denounced the violence with marred Arsenal's European tie against Roma - but does not feel the Champions League final needs to be moved away from the Stadio Olimpico.

An Arsenal fan suffered a suspected stab wound in a clash with Roma's notorious 'Ultra' hooligans before Wednesday night's game, which saw the Italians eventually eliminated following extra-time and penalties.

Wenger said: "It has, of course, to be investigated, but I believe that is purely down to Roma's supporters."

It was not the first time travelling supporters have been hurt in the city, with Manchester United supporters twice targeted over the last two seasons, and there have been calls for the showpiece match in May to be switched to another host venue.

However, asked if the location should be changed, Wenger said: "No, even if I am conscious that what happened is not acceptable.

"I have been to many Champions League finals, and it is always a much more neutral and corporate atmosphere in the final.

"You have people from all over the world who want to see the European Cup final, and I do not think that it will face the same problems."

Wenger added: "It is a big achievement for anybody [stadium] to get the Champions League final. I am not scared about the security now Roma are out for that game."

Arsenal are one of four English sides into the quarter-finals, along with holders Manchester United, last season's runners-up Chelsea and the 2005 winners Liverpool.

Wenger, though, feels Spanish giants Barcelona - who have former Gunner Thierry Henry in their team - are the team to avoid in next week's draw. "Barcelona had the most convincing win and have scored more goals than anyone else in Europe," he said.

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