Champions League - Udinese pessimistic over Arsenal clash
Arsenal's Champions League qualifying play-off draw against Udinese may look tough on paper but the Italians will be de-motivated after losing their two best players, not to mention a touch rusty having not played any competitive games beforehand.
Udinese general manager Franco Collavini did not appear to hold much hope of preventing the Gunners reaching the group stage for the 15th consecutive season and said his team were concentrating on their Serie A debut on August 28.
"It's a very difficult match against one of the most important clubs in Europe," said Collavini, whose club have sold winger Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona and midfielder Gokhan Inler to Napoli.
"We are working to complete our squad for the end of August. It's important to have the opportunity to play a club like Arsenal."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be in the dugout for the first leg after his outburst in their last 16 defeat by Barcelona last season resulted in a one-match ban.
The first legs will be played on August 16 and 17 with the returns one week later.