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Thursday August 11 2011
No Emirates fear for Guidolin

Udinese boss Francesco Guidolin is adamant that his side will not be affected by the atmosphere at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

The two teams will face each other in the Champions League play-offs this month, but the Bianconeri tactician isn't fearing a trip to London.

"We are used to playing in important stadiums in Italy," the Coach noted. "We've done well in places like Rome, Milan and Naples.

"The arena itself won't lead to fear. Perhaps the team we are facing will, but we've also played against some very good sides in our own country."

Udinese finished fourth last term, but they have seemingly been weakened over the summer following the sales of Cristian Zapata, Gokhan Inler and Alexis Sanchez.

"I knew that this would be the kind of squad that I would have this season and I believe in the players," Guidolin added.

"I just hope that all of them are fit and healthy for the two games against Arsenal."

Striker Antonio Floro Flores, who recently signed a contract extension, is an injury worry for the ties though.

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