Arsenal may have lost 2-1 to Villarreal in the first leg of our Europa League semi-final but Bukayo Saka believes the dynamic of the tie has swung in the Gunners’ favour.
Mikel Arteta’s side looked dead and buried when they fell two goals behind and had Dani Ceballos sent off but a Nicolas Pepe penalty, won by Saka, halved the deficit before the home side were also reduced to 10 men when Etienne Capoue received two yellow cards.
After the game, Saka lamented a poor start but is confident his teammates can now make the final.
“There are a lot of positives that all came in the second half,” said the winger.
“It’s a semi-final of the Europa League so to start the game like this, it was impossible to have a chance of scoring. We didn’t create anything, we lost every duel, we were passive.
“It’s really frustrating to look back on it. I’m just happy that in the second half we picked ourselves up and got a good chance and managed to score. We’ve given ourselves a chance at the Emirates.”
Asked if the Gunners return to London confident they can progress, Saka continued:
“Yes, 100 per cent. We definitely showed we’re better than them. Even with 10 men, we were dominating them. It’s up to us. It’s always up to us.
“We have a team full of quality players and when we play properly, we can beat anyone.”