Arsene Wenger says that his players' intelligence is the one constant during his 18 years as manager.
It is 18 years to the day that Arsene Wenger took over at Arsenal football club, but he believes that the intelligence of his players has remained the same since the moment that he took over.
The Gunners boss has created quite a legacy at the North-London club and has had to adapt to a number of changes in the football environment during his time at the helm, but he says the high intelligence levels of his players has remained a constant.
Wenger was speaking before Arsenal's game against Galatasaray tonight and he believes that the players know the importance of the fixture without him having to explain it.
"One thing that has not changed compared to 18 years ago - the players were very intelligent then and they are still very intelligent today," he said to the club's official site. "They know what is at stake. Mathematically they know this is the game for us.”
Arsenal are under pressure to win in the Champions League fixture after their struggles in the first game in the group.
Wenger's side went down 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund and their qualification will be very questionable if they fail to beat their Turkish opponents this evening.
Galatasaray are not one of the favourites to win the competition, but they have some experienced players and will pose a threat.
It is a danger that Wenger could do without, given the rather disappointing start that his side to the campaign so far.
Arsenal are yet to hit top gear in the league and failure in Europe would be a huge blow to the team.
However, judging from Wenger's words, his side are determined to win today as they look to get their season kick-started.
Last time they played in the Champions League their defensive deficiencies were exposed and they will be keen to ensure that they show they have learnt from their mistakes tonight.