The Fenerbahce boss is gunning for victory against the beleaguered Londoners, while Bruno Alves has urged his team-mates to act as a team
Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal has insisted that his side will go all out for a win when they host Arsenal in Wednesday’s Champions League play-off as he aims to take advantage of the Premier League side’s struggles.
The Gunners lost their league opener against Aston Villa 3-1 at the weekend and Yanal is determined to deal Arsene Wenger’s side another blow with a win in the first leg.
“We are trying to be the winner in everything we compete in,” Yanal said at a press conference.
“It’s in our soul so whatever we do, we try to come first. In every game we are trying to win. In every organisation this is our motto.”
Defender Bruno Alves, meanwhile, has stressed that it’s vital that Fener act as a team.
“More important than me is the team and that we work together to bring the victory for the team,” Alves said.
“For myself I do my best and I try to defend my team and this is the most important thing the players can do for the club.
“I’m just a player trying to do my best for the team.”
Even if Fenerbahce manage to get past Arsenal, their place in the tournament still hinges on a full hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as the club were found guilty of match-fixing by Uefa and consequently disqualified from European football this season.
They will find out on the morning of the second leg at the Emirates if their appeal against the ban is successful.