Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers has called on his side to bring their A-game to the Emirates on Thursday for his side’s clash with Arsenal.
The Lilywhites will go into the Group B encounter as rank outsiders to get a result but the 39-year-old said the team are relishing the prospect of testing themselves against some of the Premier League’s finest players.
“We just need to prepare as best we can,” he said.
“It’s a massive occasion for everyone at the club but we’re going to go there and really enjoy it. If we can enjoy it and put our best performance in then there’s no doubt that that will help but there’s no denying that Arsenal are a top class outfit. It would be foolish to say anything else.
“We know we’ll have to play our very best stuff both defensively and attacking wise to get anything out of the game. There’s no way around that but it’s certainly something we’re relishing and we’re looking forward to going and testing ourselves at the very top of the game.”
Rogers is hoping that the fine margins that went against his side against Molde in Tallaght Stadium last week go in their favour this time around.
“We’ll have to be defensively sound when we go to the Emirates but there are positives to be taken out of the Molde performance.
“I don’t think we were overawed. We created probably as many chances as they did but we didn’t get the rub of the green that we would have liked to have got and that you need in European games. It’s those fine margins that see you through.
“Every team that we play are going to be ranked higher than us but we’re under no illusions that the Europa League group stages is very tough and we’ll have to be at our very best to get points.
“We’re disappointed not to have picked anything up against Molde because I felt our play overall deserved it but hopefully we’ll get that rub of the green later on in the group stages,” he said.