Arsene Wenger is looking for a clean sheet tonight against Udinese but has reminded fans that the game won’t be over tonight, regardless of what happens.
Speaking to the official site, Wenger said, “We will try to give our best to win the game without conceding goal. We want to qualify after two legs but if we can do it earlier, we will do it.
“I expect a game of 180 minutes where we will have to be at the top for as long as we can. We should not dream that after 90 minutes it will be over. I don’t think that would be the right approach.”
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey concurs, saying “Hopefully we can keep a clean sheet and score a couple of goals ourselves – that would be the ideal situation. But it will be a tough game and hopefully our quality will come through.”
Meanwhile, Udinese goalkeeper, Samir Handanovic (linked with The Gunners during the summer), won’t be underestimating Arsenal despite the loss and absence of key players from tonight’s fixture. Cesc Fabregas has gone to Barcelona, Samir Nasri is cash-sick and suspended, van Persie also suspended, while Jack Wilshere is injured.
“The Gunners are dangerous even with absences or blows in their squad”, he said. “They are one of the big clubs in Europe and that is not by luckIt would be a big mistake for us to believe that the English have reduced power by their absences.
“We go to the match for the fight.”