Tuesday, 19th August, 2014

Santi Cazorla has warned the Arsenal players about the atmosphere in the Ataturk Stadium and said that they should not allow it affect their game tonight.

The Gunners will take on Besiktas tonight in the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

Cazorla feels that playing at home is always preferable, but playing in front of the lively crowds in Turkey is a different experience for any player.

“It is nice to play in these kind of atmospheres, even though it is always better playing at home than away”, the Spaniard told Arsenal Player.

“Nowadays every player enjoys playing in stadiums with great atmospheres – and you always have that in Turkey.”  


The Spanish international lauded the passion that the Turkish fans bring to their stadiums, but said that Arsenal should not allow the atmosphere to affect their game tonight.

“Turkish football is lived with passion, even more so when it comes to a Champions League play-off. This cannot affect us, though.

“We will go there to play football, thinking about what we have to do and trying to separate ourselves from the atmosphere.”

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