Igors Stepanovs may have been a peripheral figure at Highbury in recent seasons, but he has hit the headlines in Latvia.

The Arsenal defender, who spent last season on loan at Beveren, helped his country reach its first major international tournament with a momentous win over Turkey in the Euro 2004 play-offs.

In an exclusive video interview with Arsenal.com, Igors reflects on Latvia's qualifying campaign, from their fine start to a dramatic win over Sweden which clinched a play-off place.

He also talks about the two legs against Turkey, how close he came to scoring in Istanbul, what Euro 2004 will mean to him, the development of football in Latvia and the tough group that awaits in Portugal.

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