Arsenal manager Wenger eyes an express delivery as Gunners prepare to feast on Dynamo Kiev

'Express yourself/create the space/you know you can win/don’t give up the chase.'

Although lyrics from England’s 1990 World Cup song World In Motion, written by New Order, that footballing philosophy finds many parallels in Arsenal’s quest to play the beautiful game.

Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Blackburn at a venue where they had previously come unstuck in the face of an extreme physical approach was another sign Arsene Wenger’s young side are now coming of age.

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Tomorrow their attentions turn to Europe where they again fell short last season, losing a pulsating Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool.

Arsenal’s expansive style has led some to label them naive but they were just four minutes away from reaching the semi-finals before conceding a contentious penalty and losing 5-3 on aggregate.

Despite that experience, Wenger insists his side will approach a tricky encounter away to Dynamo Kiev in the same manner.

'You can only be successful when you express your strengths,” he said. “It’s a difficult group because Kiev, Fenerbahce and Porto have a lot of experience.

'They are very strong home teams and that is why we want to produce the same type of performance. It’s another big game tomorrow night and in the Champions League to start well away from home, that gives us the needed confidence. We try everywhere to play.'

Indeed, some of Arsenal’s most stunning performances have come in big European away games; the Thierry Henry-inspired 5-1 mauling of Inter Milan in 2003, the 1-0 win at Real Madrid in 2006 and last season’s 2-0 victory against AC Milan.

Kiev are not the threat they were in the 1990s when Andriy Shevchenko and Sergei Rebrov formed one of Europe’s most deadly strike partnerships.

However, Wenger knows they carry a genuine goal threat, not that that will alter the instructions to his players to go and express themselves.

If flair and creativity were tangible attributes, it would be easier to train and produce regularly with reliability.

But the precocious nature of the commodity Wenger treasures most means his side are at the mercy of the creative highs and lows suffered by all artists – it is a testament to their quality that they produce the goods so often.

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