By Giuseppe Muro
Arsène Wenger admits Arsenal have been handed a difficult Champions League task but is confident his side has the quality to beat Udinese over two legs.
Friday’s draw for the Play-Off Round paired the Gunners with the team that finished fourth in Serie A last season and, on paper, the toughest opponent possible at this stage.
Emirates Stadium will host the first leg on August 16 and Arsenal travel to Udine for the return fixture on August 24 with a place in the Group Stages the prize for the winners.
Wenger knows any Italian team is a difficult proposition but is confident Arsenal will progress.
“I would say [the draw is] difficult but possible,” he said on Friday ahead of the Eusebio Cup in Lisbon. "Who would want to play against an Italian opponent? We know we will have to be at our best to qualify.
“Udinese have lost Sanchez and Zapata [this summer] but they have many other good players. They have Di Natale and plenty of players who have quality.
“Let's try to be at our best as quickly as we can because it is important for us to go through in the Champions League.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 5 Aug 2011