Zoran Mamić said he was struggling to find any weak spots in Arsenal’s armour, but he is lining his Dinamo Zagreb side up to cause trouble in their opening Group F fixture.
Zoran Mamić, Dinamo coach
Arsenal are a top-quality team – better than us – but our aim is not to sit back and defend. We will try to pose them problems. I met Arsène Wenger when we were selling Eduardo to Arsenal; he is one of the best coaches in the world and is doing a fantastic job at Arsenal. It’s a privilege to have him here. I expect a full stadium and a great atmosphere.
In the run-up to the match I told the players we would have two video analysis sessions: one on Arsenal’s strengths, which would be an hour long, and one on their weaknesses. I told them we probably wouldn’t have anything to show in the second meeting.
Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
Dinamo Zagreb are strong team, they have real technical quality and very gifted young players. In our last meeting in 2006 it was a very tight game. We won but we needed patience. They had Luka Modrić, Eduardo – it was a very strong team.
In the Champions League you quickly find out if you are not on the top level from the beginning, so we need to focus on what is a vital game. Of course we want to win this competition but we have to be realistic. It’s OK to have ambitions, but we can’t be dreamers.
Dinamo: Eduardo; Pinto, Sigali, Taravel, Pivarić; Machado, Ademi; Soudani, Rog, Pjaca; Henríquez.
Out: Schildenfeld (ankle), Pavičić (metatarsal)
Arsenal: Čech; Debuchy, Gabriel, Koscielny, Gibbs; Coquelin, Ramsey; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Özil, Alexis Sánchez; Giroud.
Out: Wilshere (calf), Welbeck (knee), Rosický (knee)