Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger thinks the Gunners have enough experience needed to deal with a passionate fanbase like Red Star Belgrade’s.
The home fans are expected to make the atmosphere intimidating for what might look like a less experienced Arsenal team, as against last round opponent BATE Borisov. The North Londoners managed to deal with the away support in Eastern European country of Belarus, and Arsene Wenger is confident they will be able to do just the same in Serbia.
The Gunners have only travelled to Serbia – Belgrade to lock horns with Red Star once in the past, in 1978. At the time, the two sides were playing in the old version of the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Cup. With an eleven that included legendary Pat Rice, David O’Leary and Alan Sunderland, the Gunners lost 1-0 to the Serbian team.
The sides are much different now, but Arsenal will have to be wary of the same result happening again. the Home side have been UEFA Champions League winners, the team is unlikely to be intimidated by a match with the Gunners.
As long as there are no negative episodes in the stands, the game promises to be an interesting clash. Fans expect that Arsene Wenger is right to foresee a high-level of commitment from Gunners opponents, his team will need to match that.