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Tuesday October 1 2013
Hamsik: 'Arsenal-Napoli not decisive'

Marek Hamsik thinks tonight’s Arsenal-Napoli match will be “important, but not decisive” for the Champions League.

These two teams are currently joint leaders of Group F after one game, both securing 2-1 victories as the Partenopei beat Borussia Dortmund and the Gunners saw off Olympique Marseille.

“Arsenal are a team of great experience and prestige,” said the Slovak international in his Press conference.

“This will be an important match, but not decisive. The victory over Borussia was crucial to get us off to a good start, so now we can consolidate our position in the group.

“I think it will take at least 10 points to qualify from this group, so getting a result in London would be important. In any case, qualification certainly won’t be decided now.

“I expect a balanced and difficult game. Arsenal have tradition and are going strong in the Premier League with a quality squad.”

Hamsik is the only member left of the old ‘Three Tenors’ after Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

“I was pleased to be able to wear the captain’s armband and it gives me even more strength and pride to represent our team and our city.”

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