We’re not coming to defend, Prandelli warns Arsenal

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Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli insists his side will arrive at the Emirates Stadium 'with the spirit of a big team'.

Galatasaray's Italian coach Cesare Prandelli claims that the Turkish side won't be looking for a draw against Arsenal this evening.

It hasn't been the easiest of times for Prandelli, who resigned from the Italy job after a disappointing World Cup campaign and has not seen great results at the start of his spell at Galatasaray.

The Istanbul giants have won twice, drawn once and suffered a shock defeat to newly promoted Balikesirspor, leaving them off the title pace at this early stage.

But Prandelli was bullish speaking ahead of his side's trip to face Arsenal in the Champions League.

"We can't play defensively," he claimed in his press conference. "We have to have the mentality and the spirit of a big team, defending high up the field and breaking quickly.

"However, Arsenal have players of the highest level and are a team that have shown over the years that they know how to play football."

Galatasaray drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in their European opener and will need to be at their best to challenge Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund for qualification.

Last season, the Turkish side stunned Juventus with a late goal in the final group game to secure their place in the second round at the Italian champions' expense.

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