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Arsenal fans "at risk" travelling to Stadio Olimpico

Arsenal supporters planning to attending Wednesday night's Champions League clash with Roma have been warned that they are ''at risk'' if they travel alone to the Stadio Olimpico.

The 3,400 travelling Arsenal fans are being provided with a booklet produced by the North London club which advises against using transport routes usually taken by the Italian club's 'Ultra' supporters.

Arsenal fans have also been warned to steer clear of the Campo De Fiori, the traditional meeting place for Roma supporters prior to home matches.

The Italian capital has come under the microscope in the wake of several high-profile incidents in recent years, most notably when a number of Manchester United fans were wounded in clashes with Roma fans in two separate incidents in the city in 2007.

Controversially, despite a chequered recent history of crowd trouble outside the stadium and the heavy-handed tactics of the carabinieri inside the venue itself, Rome has been selected by UEFA as the host for this season's Champions League final.

However European football's governing body has warned city officials that any serious acts of hooliganism between now and showpiece final on May 27 could see the game moved elsewhere.

In the booklet circulated by Arsenal the fans are warned: ''If you travel to the stadium independently, please be aware you are at risk,''

''Do not take trains to the Piazza Flaminio or attempt to use the Ponte Duca D'Aosta bridge as these are habitual routes taken by the Ultras. Please stay away from the Campo De Fiori.''

Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has warned his team they must not ''expose'' themselves by refusing to take the game to Roma.

The Gunners will defend a slender 1-0 lead in the second leg as they look to book a place in the quarter-finals at the expense of the Serie A side.

However, the tie should have already been beyond the Italians as Arsenal were guilty of some poor finishing in the first leg at the Emirates Stadium a fortnight ago, where a penalty from Robin van Persie was all the hosts had to show for their efforts.

An away goal for Arsenal would all but kill off the encounter - and Wenger wants his men to go out with that in mind.

''We need to go there and play our game - it is very important for us to focus on scoring and going forward,'' said the Gunners boss. ''Roma are a very good team offensively, so if we allow them to spend 90 per cent of the time doing what they like to do, we will expose ourselves.

''So let's go there and focus on dictating the game - it is part of the personality of the team, so let's show that.''

Wenger added: ''We are going into the game with belief and extreme desire to qualify. The positive is we did not concede in the first leg and we go there knowing that - not only can we go there and defend, but we want to go forward and attack at every opportunity.''


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