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Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss calls Dundalk ‘passionate underdogs’ and warned by Irish staff

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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s Irish staff have warned him about “passionate underdogs” Dundalk ahead of their Europa League meeting.

The 14-time Republic of Ireland champions make the short trip to the Emirates to face an Arsenal side that lost at home to Leicesteron Sunday – although did win their European opener against Rapid Vienna – as Dundalk lost to Molde, despite taking a first-half lead.

The gap between the two sides is enormous in terms of quality, finances and resources but Arteta knows his team will be in for a tricky fixture against a side that has nothing to lose after qualifying for the Europa League group stage for only the second time in their history.