Wenger said: “They are a good side. They’ve some good Brazilians and also seven players from the Russian national team, which is a solid combination.
“While I feel we can beat them, you always have ingredients in Moscow during October that you cannot master.
“I’ve heard the quality of their pitch has been destroyed by a tournament, and it is already cold there now.”
Wenger added: “A victory would nearly qualify us, so of course we will really go for it.
“We want to qualify as soon as possible, because it is always a relief. You can go into the winter and focus on what is coming next.”