Wenger not taking Braga lightly

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Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal will have no sense of superiority when they tackle Braga at the AXA Stadium on Tuesday night looking to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Portuguese side were thrashed 6-0 in north London on their competition debut in September. However, Domingos Pacienca's side have since recovered from another defeat at home to Shakhtar Donetsk by twice beating Group H whipping boys Partizan Belgrade.

"In the first match against Braga everything went for us and we had a very good game, but we have to forget that. We feel it will be a completely new game," Wenger said.

"We will not feel any superiority, but we know that to win any away game in the Champions League you need to turn up with a good performance.

"We feel we are in a strong position to go through to the next phase and that's what we came here for, to take that final step.

"We have played in every difficult place in Europe and we know if we turn up with a good performance we have a chance to win anywhere. That is how we will approach the game."

Arsenal travelled to Braga - via Spain because of Portugal's general strike this week - without defender Gael Clichy, who has a minor back problem, while both Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie were also left in London to recover fitness.

England international Kieran Gibbs is set to stand in at left-back.

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner is also in contention, having not featured since his outspoken comments over selection, while captain Cesc Fabregas could start on the bench. With concerns over burning out Fabregas, Wenger could opt to play Denilson alongside Alex Song and push Jack Wilshere into a more advanced role.

Braga still have an outside chance of qualification for the knockout stages themselves, and victory would draw them level with Arsenal on nine points.

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