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Guidolin still fears Arsenal

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Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has warned his players not to be fooled by Arsenal's off-field problems.

Gunners turmoil does little to inspire Udinese boss

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin has warned his players not to be fooled by Arsenal's off-field problems. The Italians head into the second leg of their play-off qualifier on Wednesday hoping to overcome a 1-0 deficit incurred in London last week. Theo Walcott's early strike decided a contest in which Udinese might have scored after spurning a couple of gilt-edged opportunities. But Arsenal have been struggling with off-field problems after they lost former captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona this summer. The Gunners, who were beaten at home to Liverpool at the weekend, will also be without fellow midfielder Samir Nasri after confirming on Tuesday that they had reached a deal for his sale to Manchester City and have a number of injury concerns. Despite that, Guidolin expects the visitors will be fully prepared for the match. "I do not think there is a crisis at Arsenal - they are used to playing under pressure and have always been able to react to difficult moments," he said. "Like I said, we will have to be very good, not make mistakes and try to be sharp." Their performance at the Emirates was enough to convince Guidolin that his side can upset the odds, but he knows their inability to score an away goal has left them with a tricky task.


"The second leg will be more difficult," he said. "We face one of the best teams in Europe and 1-0 is a result to be worried about. It does not allow you any room for error. "We must try to score, but without losing our balance and also remembering that Arsenal can hurt us with their speed. "We must do everything well and have a little luck, but we can still qualify - we have not lost 5-0 in London. "In the first leg maybe we began a little in awe of Arsenal, but my players deserve praise for not raising the white flag after the goal." After missing the first leg through injury striker, Antonio Floro Flores is set to miss out again while there are further problems in defence. Centre-half Maurizio Domizzi has been ruled out with a thigh problem while right-back Dusan Basta is also a doubt. Guidolin is not prepared use injury as an excuse for failure, however, after admitting thoughts of reaching the group stages had occupied his mind throughout the summer. "We have prepared for this game for 50 days," he added. "We will try to hide our weaknesses. It is a one-off opportunity for us and we will do our very best."

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