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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Arsenal Wary of CSKA Threat

LONDON -- Arsenal isn't underestimating CSKA Moscow this time.

Two weeks ago, CSKA beat the Gunners 1-0 on a cold Moscow night to end Arsenal's perfect start in the Champions League group stage and take the lead in Group G. CSKA has 7 points from three games, one more than last year's runner-up, Arsenal.

The two sides meet again Wednesday in London.

"I was very confident going to Moscow," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "Overall as a team, we were too confident to go there and take the points. It was not a reality check, it was an arrogant way of not being urgent.

"We had been warned because we were told by Porto they were a difficult side to beat. But we only came into the game at 1-0 down. Before that, we were there but not 100 percent there in every fight or every one-against-one.

"When you play against a team that defends so deep and plays so well on the counter-attack you make the job even harder when you go 1-0 down."

CSKA midfielder Daniel Carvalho, who scored the winner in Moscow, said his team had proven that it could compete at the top level.

"I think Arsenal respect us more than before and a draw would be fantastic," he said. "But another victory could mean a spot in the last 16. And now we know we can beat Arsenal, we are much more confident."

CSKA's confidence was given a further boost at the weekend when a 2-1 victory over Rostov, coupled with results elsewhere, served to open up a 4-point gap at the top of the table.

Brazilian midfield maestro Carvalho was again in superb form, setting up both his team's goals.

Arsenal's missed opportunities in Moscow -- and in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League -- are unlikely to alter the flowing, passing style that the Gunners are known for. Striker Thierry Henry said he would never want to play with a "shoot-on-sight" attitude.

"I will die playing this sort of football, no question," Henry said Saturday.

Wenger wants to give midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 19, a rest but says he's too important to the team. Fabregas has played in all but one of Arsenal's 14 matches this season.

"I want to protect Cesc by not playing him too much," Wenger said. "But it's extremely difficult at the moment, if not impossible, to leave him out."

No team in Group G can advance to the round of 16 after Wednesday's matches. CSKA has 7 points, followed by Arsenal's 6, FC Porto's 4 and Hamburg's zero. Hamburg will mathematically be out of the running if it loses against Porto.