Petr Cech was critical of the Arsenal performance in the 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov last night, saying the Gunners could have played for hours more without scoring, but insists that they can turn things around in the second leg.
Unai Emery’s side created good early chances, but in spurning them left themselves open to the sucker-punch that was Stanislaw Dragun’s goal just before the break. You could say he was Dragun us down to their level.
Afterwards the veteran keeper didn’t hold back on the lack of Arsenal quality on the night.
“Today was one of those games where if you play another couple of hours we wouldn’t have scored,” he said, “but there are games like that in football.
“You try, you play and sometimes you go home with the result you don’t want, but you have to pick yourself up and make sure that you’re ready for the second leg.
“That’s the advantage of a two-leg play-off – if one game is bad you can always make up for it.
“We had enough chances to win the game and we didn’t do that.
“We have to make sure we win the home leg now and I’m sure we can do that … but we’ve made it more difficult for ourselves.”
The Gunners will have to win it without Alexandre Lacazette who will miss the game through suspension following his 85th minute red card. The striker apologised, but will be available if Arsenal qualify for the Round of 16 as the ban is just one game.