Sead Kolasinac says Arsenal are looking forward to starting their Europa League campaign against Eintracht Frankfurt even though he’s well aware of their strength at the Waldstadion.
The Bundesliga side were unbeaten at home in last season’s competition and came within a whisker of making the final only to go out on penalties in the semi-finals against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
While they’ve since seen strikers Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller depart for Real Madrid and West Ham respectively, Adi Hutter’s squad remains very competitive.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Kolasinac, who faced Frankfurt several times during his spell with Schalke, said: “Of course I followed Frankfurt in the Europa League last season. At home, they turned matches around that weren’t easy [to win].
“We know what’s in front of us tomorrow, especially in the stadium, but we’re looking forward to starting in the Europa League and that we start here in Frankfurt. As I’ve said, we’ll focus on our game and try to deliver our game plan on the pitch.
“I’ve played in a few matches in Frankfurt before and we all know that Frankfurt are strong at home, especially with their fans. But we want to focus on our game and try to win the match over 90 minutes.”
Frankfurt could well be licking their lips at the prospect of playing Arsenal after our pathetic second half showing at Watford on Sunday. Publicly, they are playing it cool.
“I saw they game at Watford,” explained coach Hutter. “They were lucky to have not lost after a 2-0 lead. Nevertheless, I would not tie everything to it. They try to play football from the back.
“Their philosophy is clearly recognisable and I assume that they will perform accordingly tomorrow.
“On the other hand, we need a clear plan and we have both the solutions and the resources.”