Dinamo Zagreb coach Zoran Mamic says it is “frightening” to watch Arsenal – and reckons they should have beaten Stoke City 10-0 on Saturday.
Dinamo open their Champions League campaign against Arsenal at the Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday night looking to end a six-game losing streak against English opponents.
The Gunners have won three of their opening five games in the Premier League this season, including a 2-0 win over Stoke at Emirates Stadium which Mamic watched from the stands.
While he was hugely impressed with the performance of Arsene Wenger’s men on the day, Mamic is confident his side will put up a better fight than Stoke – and has spoken to his former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilic, whose West Ham side won 2-0 at Arsenal on the opening day.
“I have spoken to Slaven Bilic, he gave me a few words of advice,” Mamic told FourFourTwo.
“I have met Wenger when we were selling Eduardo to Arsenal, he is top expert, has great results, and it is a privilege to face him.
“I have watched Arsenal in many games, I went to see them against Stoke this weekend and I got the impression they were playing in second, third gear, and should have won 10-0!
“It is frightening and fascinating how they play. I believe we will be better than Stoke.”
Despite Dinamo’s poor record against teams from the English Premier League, Mamic is relishing the Arsenal game.
“This is great reward for me as a coach and for our team,” he added.
“We are aware of reality and quality of opponents, but with fanatic fight we can achieve something.
“Dinamo has bad record against English teams, but that was mostly due to big quality difference, Dinamo has always changed its style of play, and it is very hard to adopt new philosophy just for one match in only several days.
“That is why we will not change our style of play for tomorrow, we will not experiment, but play as we usually do.”