After equalising deep into injury time at the DSB Stadium two weeks ago, AZ Alkmaar travel to Arsenal in hope of repeating the shock in north London.

Arsenal.com caught up with De Telegraaf reporter Seib Oostindie for an insight into the Dutch champions as they trained at Emirates Stadium ahead of Wednesday night's game.

FOCUS - IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL

IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"I think AZ were quite surprised with the last result because in a way I think that Arsenal should have killed the game. So far, Alkmaar are having a season where they are losing a lot of games in the final stages so this was really the first time for them to earn something at the end of a game, which was a very big relief.  But there is a big difference in class and I think they'll have a really hard job this time."

FOCUS - CAUSE FOR CONCERN

CAUSE FOR CONCERN
At this moment there is no owner of Alkmaar, which is a very strange situation. The team itself is trying not to get involved in financial matters and is trying to concentrate at least on the sports side of the story. The ideal resolution is that somebody shows up who they know, so there won't be too much of a change within the club. On the other hand what is more logical is that somebody shows up with a huge amount of money from Russia or maybe from Arabia or the United States. Then you will get some shock within the club because they won't control their management.

 

FOCUS - THE STORY SO FAR

THE STORY SO FAR
In Holland we believe that the season after you become champions - and Alkmaar only became the champions for the second time in their history last season - is always very much harder and you see it in a mental way. But they have performed quite well on the Champions League stage. They had a good match in Greece against Olympiacos; they should have got a draw. They had a very good game against Liege; this time they should have won but lost two points in the final stages. I think the ambience and the focus is much bigger on a higher stage. This is what you see in Alkmaar.

 

FOCUS - THE MAN IN CHARGE

THE MAN IN CHARGE
If AZ are knocked out of the Champions League I think there could be some pressure on Ronald Koeman. The situation has changed within the club because the owner has gone. I guess that they will be focusing on other problems right now because they have their future under discussion and they are quite worried about who is going to be their new owner.

FOCUS - THE EMIRATES EFFECT

THE EMIRATES EFFECT
The fans are excited to be coming to Emirates Stadium. There is a huge number of people showing up in London, I guess there will be something like three or four thousand from Alkmaar, which is really unbelievable. I don't think there have been so many fans with the club at away games. They really see this as a big adventure and I think they'll enjoy it anyway because they don't have any expectations of winning the game.

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