Yanal looking for 'defendable' lead
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Fenerbahce coach Ersun Yanal is determined his side will take a defendable lead back to London after tomorrow's meeting with Arsenal at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in the first leg of their crunch UEFA Champions League play-off.

The Turkish side will be out to heap more misery on Arsenal who were booed off after they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the new English Premier League season. Arsenal won 5-2 the last time they visited the Istanbul club during the 2008/09 campaign, but Yanal is determined there will be no repeat when the sides go head-to-head again tomorrow night.

"Arsenal are a high power team, so we will want to go there with an advantage," Yanal said at a press conference. "As a team we are strong enough to finish the challenge which is in front of us. We are competing to be in the first lane (of the group stage)."

Like Arsenal, Fenerbahce - who came past Salzburg in the last European qualifying round - lost their opening domestic fixture, going down 3-2 at Konyaspor. Arsenal will be without England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has a knee injury which could prove serious.

The Fenerbahce coach, though, will not take the threat of the Gunners lightly. "The Arsenal team has a style, with very talented young players from around the world football market," Yanal said.

Defender Bruno Alves feels Fenerbahce can lay down a marker by knocking Arsenal out. The Portuguese international said: "This is going to be an important game for us. We want to show everyone that we are in this competition. The team is ready and Fenerbahce deserve to play this kind of game."