Arsenal, Galatasaray ready for final

Amid the largest security operation ever for a soccer match in Denmark, the UEFA Cup final protagonists have arrived.

Amid the largest security operation ever for a soccer match in Denmark, the protagonists in tomorrow's UEFA Cup final between Galatasaray and England's' Arsenal began arriving.
Turkish fans clad in red-and-yellow shirts and caps quietly roamed the streets of the Danish capital as Galatasaray is hopeful it can upset favoured Arsenal and become the first Turkish club to win one of Europe's two major club championships.

"Of course we want (to win) the game," Galatasaray's coach Fatih Terim said today. "Everybody wants the game. But what can we do if we lose? Life will continue."

Terim refused to single out a specific player that he fears on the star-studded London side.

"Arsenal has a lot of great players," Terim said. "But I never focus on specific players. We're not afraid of any single individual player. But obviously there is a lot of talent on the Arsenal team."

In London, British bookmaker William Hill listed the Gunners as 1-2 favourites to lift the UEFA Cup, with Galatasaray at 6-4.

There are fears of an outbreak of violence in Copenhagen after two English fans were stabbed to death last month on the eve of Leeds' first-leg semi-final against Galatasaray in Istanbul.

Danish authorities have mounted the biggest security operation ever in connection with a soccer match in Denmark with 2,000 police reported on duty to control about 24,000 visiting English and Turkish fans.

A police spokesman said today they had no reports about Leeds hooligans in Copenhagen after Arsenal last week warned that hooligans were intending on carrying out revenge attacks on Turkish fans.

"You want to win the game but you never want people to be injured," Arsenal's French coach Arsene Wenger said on the eve of the final.

"When you go to a football match, you want to enjoy it and have fun, so why should it be hell for people who go to support their team? Any trouble always tarnishes a competition"

After a training session on Monday, Terim said fans should remember that "soccer is just a game."

"This is about playing. This is about friends (being) together," he said.

Despite a few minor injuries - including midfielder Okan Buruk - Terim can count on key players like forward Gheorghe Hagi and defender Gheorghe Popescu, both Romanians, and Brazil's World Cup goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel.

Wenger is likely to start the game with Dutchman Marc Overmars wide left behind France's Thierry Henry and Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp.

Arsenal can also count on veteran goalkeeper David Seaman, defenders Tony Adams and Lee Dixon, midfielders Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Vieira and strikers Davor Suker.

Arsenal, which defeated Italian powerhouse Parma 1-0 in the 1994 Cup Winners' Cup final, also in Copenhagen, has not lifted a European trophy since then.

The game will be refereed by Spaniard Jose Antonio Lopez Nieto.
Prince Joachim, Queen Margrethe's youngest son, will make a brief speech to the 39,000 fans expected in attendance.