Arsene Wenger admits that Arsenal would prefer to be playing the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow away from home, but insists the minutiae of the draw should not be an obstacle to the Gunners playing their game and going for victory tomorrow night.
Arsenal put themselves in a commanding position at the halfway point of earlier rounds of the competition by posting notable away wins against the likes of Ostersund (3-0) and AC Milan (2-0) before closing out proceedings at the Emirates.
“When you play at home in the first leg you don’t know exactly what you have to achieve,” the Frenchman told press on Wednesday.
“Usually, when you play the second leg at home you know exactly what kind of result you need. You’re a bit more in a situation where you know you have to do both well, defend well and attack well, without knowing exactly what is needed to qualify.”
He added: “The weight of away goals is important in Europe. Ideally, you don’t want to concede, but even if you do you want to win the game. You don’t stop to play if you concede a goal.
“Ideally, you want to combine both, score goals while not conceding, but the situation is not always ideal. When you play away from home you have the same advantage.
“We played the two games (Ostersund and Milan) away from home first, so we had a clear attitude to try to win the game and it went well.
“Tomorrow, we’ll try to repeat the same kind of performance. We play against a team that has done well in Europe so we certainly need a top class performance. We just need to focus on the quality of our performance.
“When you want to do well in Europe you don’t choose, you accept the problems you face and you sort them out and you solve them. That’s down to the quality teams. If you want to go far at some point you accept you have to play first at home and then away.”