Partizan prepare for tough Arsenal test

Partizan Belgrade manager Aleksandar Stanojevic has talked of the difficulty that faces his side as they prepare for their Tuesday night Champions League Group H match with Arsenal.

Talking to Reuters, Stanojevic said how: “I told the players to relax and just go out there and enjoy themselves because teams of Arsenal’s stature come to Belgrade once in a decade. Of course, we would love to come away with something from this game but that is always going to be a tall order against one of England’s and Europe’s football giants.”

He went on to praise the Gunners’ style of play, but insisted that his side would not try to replicate the performance of West Brom who beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium this weekend. “Their youthful side thrashed Tottenham in the League Cup and no matter what team Arsenal field, they have a distinctive style of play which has been their trademark down the years,” he said. They stuck to it even in the 3-2 Premier League home defeat by West Bromwich on Saturday and I don’t think the visitors have really shown us the way how to play against Arsenal.”

“It was a smash and grab win while we have to be crowd-pleasers on our turf and come forward more, so we will have four or five attacking players in our starting line-up.

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