2022-11-25 10:35:38

Graham Arnold warns Australia 'must be ready for war' in crucial World Cup clash against Tunisia

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Daily Mail
By Dan Cancian

Graham Arnold is priming the Socceroos for a football war, ahead of Saturday's clash against Tunisia.

After copping a 4-1 drubbing from France, Australia's hopes of reaching the knockout stages for the first time in 16 years hinge on the game against the north Africans.

A draw or a win would leave Australia needing a result from their final group game against Denmark next week, but a loss against Tunisia would spell the end of their World Cup campaign.

And while reigning champions France presented a challenge of flair and finesse, Arnold expects the Tunisians to test Australia's mentality.

Ranked No30 in the world, the north Africans were impressive on Tuesday, when they held Denmark to a stalemate draw in the opening game of Group D and they will be backed by a vocal crowd on Saturday, with approximately 40,000 Tunisians estimated to live in Doha.

'We've got to be ready for that war,' Arnold told reporters.

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