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Moscow manager vows to respect Champions League

CSKA Moscow manager Valeriy Gazzaev has every intention of treating tonight's Champions League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium with the respect which the 'prestigious' competition deserves.

The Gunners have been frustrated by perceived negative, defensive tactics in most of the Premiership matches they have played in their new home so far this season - three of which have ended in draws.

Arsenal once again found themselves chasing the game against Everton last weekend after falling behind to an early strike from Tim Cahill.

Despite all of their subsequent pressure, Arsene Wenger's men had to settle for a point courtesy of Robin van Persie's free-kick.

However, with the Russians - who currently top Champions League Group G - fully aware victory would all but secure a place in the knockout stages, Gazzaev insists his men will not set out to shut up shop from kick-off tonight.

'This is a Champions League match and not one in a domestic division, so it is different all together,' the CSKA Moscow manager declared.

'There is a lot more prestige involved and we are going to be playing accordingly.'

Gazzaev reflected: 'It was not a real match against Everton because, for 80 minutes, they defended and were not prepared to open their game.

'We have seen lots of videos of Arsenal and know they can play very well.

'So, based on that, we have to prepare ourselves properly. This is a very important match for us.'

Daniel Carvalho's fine strike following a free-kick proved enough to settle the encounter between the two sides when they met in Moscow a fortnight ago.

However, it could have been different had Thierry Henry's late effort not been ruled out, somewhat harshly for what the referee deemed a handball.

Gazzaev intends to secure another three points tonight for the Russian league leaders.

He said: 'We can improve.

'We have to play strong in defence and be more effective in attack.

'The goal is to win - but the ultimate aim is to still be top of the group after the match.'

Vagner Love is a fitness concern, but the Brazilian striker is likely to feature.