Mertesacker knows Arsenal face tough Champions League qualifier

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker knows they face a huge challenge against Champions League qualifier opponents Fenerbahce.

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker knows they face a huge challenge against Champions League qualifier opponents Fenerbahce.

Mertesacker is pleased that the Emirates plays host to the second leg.

"We hope that [playing] the first game away is a bit of an advantage for us," he said.

"We have to concentrate on that game.

“[Playing] away in Istanbul is always special, the fans are passionate and we have to cope with that and realise that we have a chance to qualify for the Champions League.

"We did a lot in the last season, especially in the last 10 games to get the chance to get [in] the qualifiers. We have to focus on that."

 
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