Sunday August 14 2011
Handanovic: 'We can beat Arsenal'

Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic is confident they can upset Arsenal. “The important thing is to score at the Emirates.”

The two sides go head-to-head in London on Tuesday for the first leg of their Champions League preliminary round clash.

“We've had all the time we need to prepare every detail of this meeting,” said the Slovenian international in today's Press conference.

Arsenal don't look to be in great shape, as they were held to an ill-tempered 0-0 draw by Newcastle United in Saturday's Premier League opener.

“I saw the second half and Newcastle did well, clamming up then trying to hit them on the break, but every game is different.

“We know Arsenal are a strong side, as they prove it every year in the Champions League, but we're not afraid of them. Even if Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie were to play, we wouldn't fear Arsenal.

“The tempo of the Premier League is different to Serie A and we have to be wary of the atmosphere at the Emirates. We're facing a young side, but I think we'll have our chances and the important thing is to score in London.

“It is certainly an advantage to play the second leg on home turf,” continued Handanovic.

“We always did well against the big clubs in Serie A, so I am confident. Anyone who plays football has to be optimistic.”

Udinese have been somewhat transformed by the sale of Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona and Cristian Zapata to Villarreal, while Maurizio Domizzi is a major injury doubt for the first leg.

“The good thing this summer is we had many international friendlies, testing out different tactics, but the Coach will decide who plays. If we go with a four-man defence, it won't be a problem.”

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