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The tunnel Arsenal have to walk through tonight is the most intimidating in world football

The Gunners' character will be thoroughly tested in Belgrade this evening

Troy Deeney echoed the thoughts of of us all at the weekend.

Watford’s burly forward claimed Arsenal had ‘no cojones’ after he bullied their defenders during his side’s 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road.

Once again, it appeared the Gunners lack of fight and determination contributed to their failure.

Not again…

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Not again…

And tonight Arsene Wenger’s men face one of the biggest tests of character in world football.

Red Star Belgrade expect a sell-out 55,000 crowd to create a fiercely hostile atmosphere for the two teams’ Europa League fixture this evening.


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But it’s not just during the game the hosts hope their visitors feel intimidated.

The tunnel at the Rajko Mitic Stadium is like something out of a haunted house.

Take a look…

That video was filmed before the ‘Eternal derby’ between Red Star and local rivals Partizan Belgrade.

The walk to the pitch takes longer than a minute and is deliberately unwelcoming with its graffiti-coated walls and armed police presence.

Fair to say it’s in stark contrast to the luxury Arsenal players are used to at the Emirates.

The players start in a bleak, claustrophobic entrance

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The players start in a bleak, claustrophobic entrance

Armed guards line the walls on either side

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Armed guards line the walls on either side

There’s pro-Red Star graffiti everywhere you look

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There’s pro-Red Star graffiti everywhere you look

The whole experience is designed to unsettle Red Star’s opponents

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The whole experience is designed to unsettle Red Star’s opponents

Arsene Wenger is expected to name a much-changed side featuring many young players.

A trip to Belgrade will be a baptism of fire Arsenal’s talented youngsters.

While the atmosphere may get the better of them, there’s also a chance it may spur them on.

This is a superb opportunity for the club to silence a few critics who claim they lack backbone.


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