Tuesday, 16th August, 2011

Udinese Sporting Director Fabrizio Larini believes that a number of the Serie A side’s players are good enough to merit a spot in Champions League opponents Arsenal’s starting eleven.

The Italians play the first leg of their playoff round tie against Arsenal tonight at the Emirates Stadium and though the Bianconeri are well aware of their status as underdogs, there is a growing confidence surrounding the club.

And that has been boosted by Larini’s backing.

Asked in a wide ranging interview with Inside Futbol which Udinese players would merit a spot in Arsenal’s first team, Larini replied: "I think many, from our goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.

"Mauricio Isla and Pablo Armero, who play on the flanks, could be good enough too."

Larini also backed veteran striker Antonio Di Natale, but explained that he was unlikely to leave Udinese.

"Of course I am not considering our star striker Antonio Di Natale, who technically is second to none.

"But he is linked to Udinese until the end of his career."

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