Wenger wary of Shakhtar strength

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Arsene Wenger has warned Arsenal should not expect to simply hand Shakhtar Donetsk another European masterclass at their Donbass Arena fortress as the Gunners look to cement a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Despite running out comfortable 5-1 winners at Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago to take charge of Group H, Wenger is all too aware Wednesday's return encounter in Ukraine will be a whole new ball game for the Gunners - who are without Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Denilson and Andrey Arshavin.

"I will remind the players Shakhtar is a strong side that we perhaps caught on a good day for us at Emirates," said Wenger.

"They will have been hurt by what happened, and at home, they will be a completely different team.

"If you let them get into a flow, they can cause you many problems. We will make sure we are well aware of that."

Since losing in north London, Shakhtar have won their three domestic matches without conceding a goal. The Miners have kept clean sheets from nine of their 10 home games this season, and lost just two of the last 30 matches in all competitions.

Wenger added: "Certainly we will face a team who will be up for it.

"Shakhtar are one of the strong sides in Europe, and they dominate this league.

"They are an unbeatable team here, at least locally - but we have a chance to beat them, so let's try to get the best out of our performance.

"We can win anywhere in the world, we have done it - we can win everywhere."

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