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By ESPN Staff
Nov 22, 2010

Chamakh: Braga win can ease pain

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh believes the best way for the Gunners to put the disappointing defeat to arch-rivals Tottenham behind them is to respond with a Champions League victory over Braga on Tuesday.

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Arsene Wenger's side threw away a 2-0 half-time lead during Saturday's north London derby at Emirates Stadium, where victory would have sent them top of the Premier League.

Wenger lamented the inability of his young side to deliver a big performance when it mattered most as they suffered a second successive home defeat.

But Chamakh - who took his tally to nine goals with a close-range effort - feels having a match so quickly is the perfect opportunity to put that disappointment behind them.

"It will help us to forget the Tottenham game and we must focus on Braga and get a victory,'' he said. "The group is tight, there are three teams going for top spot so we know we need to get a win over there.''

Arsenal remain top of Group H, despite losing their last European fixture away to Shakhtar Donetsk - another match in which they were well in control.

Braga were thrashed 6-0 at Emirates Stadium on Matchday 1 in September, but could put themselves right back in contention for qualification to the last 16 with victory over the Gunners.

And Wenger, also looking ahead to the Champions League clash, has warned his squad of the need to maintain 100% focus in Portugal.

"It is very important that we do not repeat the performance in Donetsk,'' Wenger said. "We need to produce a performance that allows us to get the points to qualify, but I also want to win the game as that gives us the possibility to finish the group stages very strongly, that is our target - we are ambitious to win the group.''

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