Unai Emery says his players can claw their way into the Europa League quarter-finals by controlling Thursday’s match against Rennes from start to finish.
The Gunners need to score at least twice following last week’s calamitous 3-1 defeat in France, but despite the uphill challenge, the boss is positive that a vibrant home atmosphere, coupled with determined, clever play, will be enough to pull off a comeback.
“We are very demanding on ourselves,” he told his pre-game press conference.
“It is a positive issue. We want to play top matches against the best teams.
“In the Europa League we are finding some results, like the last round versus Borisov, difficult.
“It will be a tough match but our demand for our best performance is very high. I want to play matches with difficult results, against tough players.
“Tomorrow we need to be together and create a big atmosphere with our supporters to help us.
“We need to play with high emotion, but taking clever and clear decisions on the pitch. These are both important issues.
“We need to control for 90 minutes, maybe more, we want to control but be on the game.”
Arsenal’s task in front of goal has been helped by UEFA’s decision to reduce Alex Lacazette’s suspension, dished out for his red card against BATE, from three to two games.
The France striker will now be available to partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, should Emery wish to go all out in attack from the off.