By FOX SPORTS staff
In what has been a summer of discontent for Arsenal fans so far, the squad failed in their bid to lift the mood around the Emirates Stadium by losing 1-3 to Aston Villa in their Premier League opener, further highlighting the need for Arsene Wenger to make his first buy of the transfer window.
Now, the Gunners face the tricky proposition of contesting the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie with Fenerbahce in Turkey on Wednesday night, and former Chelsea player Meireles is looking forward to adding on to Arsenal's "crisis".
"You always have to give the opposition respect - but we know this is a good time to play Arsenal, they have not signed the players they wanted this summer, they have injuries, and confidence is low. It was a bad result for them at the weekend - and the pressure will be on them now," he pointed out to The Daily Mail.
"Over here (Turkey) the media are saying Arsenal are in crisis. I don't think one loss means they are in crisis - but it is not the start of the season they would have wanted. The fans are putting the players and coach under pressure - and we must take advantage of that."
Nevertheless, Meireles' team-mate Hasan Ali Kaldirim was wary of the threat posed by the Gunners attack.
"Arsenal are one of the most powerful clubs in the world. They have very important players especially in offensive positions," he told FBTV.
"They are not that good in defense but they play in a high tempo and can pass the ball very accurately. It's going to be a hard match-up but we are confident."