Friday August 5 2011
Guidolin 'hoped to avoid Arsenal'

Francesco Guidolin “hoped to avoid Arsenal” in the Champions League draw, but Udinese have “courage, enthusiasm and belief in our capabilities.”

The Friulani were paired with Arsenal in the preliminary round, playing the first leg at the Emirates on August 16 and the decider on August 24.

“In this long summer of hopes and dreams, all of us had made our personal wish list of opponents for this play-off,” the Coach told the official Udinese website.

“As far as I was concerned, I certainly hoped to avoid Arsenal. In any case, we have to prepare well for this test and know we would've run into problems even if the draw had given us a different opponent.

“We have to face Arsenal, who are certainly the favourites, with courage, enthusiasm and belief in our capabilities.”

The losing team in the play-off will go into the Europa League instead.

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