Van Persie: Gunners Must Stay Focussed

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Robin van Persie has warned Arsenal not to underestimate Olympiacos in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger’s team are favourites to qualify from Group H as the section’s winners after being drawn with Olympiacos, Standard Liege and AZ Alkmaar. But the Gunners almost slipped up in their first match as Liege raced into a two-goal lead against the Premier League club within five minutes in Belgium.

Arsenal eventually fought back to claim a 3-2 win but van Persie believes another careless display against Olympiacos could prove costly. The 26-year-old, who scored the winner at Fulham on Saturday, knows Arsenal’s young squad are capable of emulating, or even improving on, last season’s semi-final appearance as long as they don’t take opponents for granted.

“It is a good draw for us name wise, but as a player you need to produce in every single game because our opponents look at it from a different point of view,” Van Persie told Arsenal’s magazine. “They will give all they have against us. We need to be ready for that.

AFP

~ by footballdirecta on September 28, 2009.

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