Cech is confident Arsenal will qualify

RENNES, FRANCE - MARCH 07: The Arsenal team pose for a team photograph before the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Stade Rennais and Arsenal at Roazhon Park on March 07, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Despite the demoralising defeat in Rennes, Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Cech is still confident they can progress to the next stage of the Europa League.

Unai Emery’s men got off to a flying start when Alex Iwobi’s low range effort found the bottom corner inside three minutes.

However, Sokratis’ red card changed the course of the game as Benjamin Bourigeaud equalised from the resulting free-kick.

And things got worse in the second half when Nacho Monreal’s unfortunate own goal and Ismaila Sarr’s diving header inflicted further damage to seal a 3-1 win for the Ligue 1 side.

But despite reckoning they have a mountain to climb next week, Cech believes we have more than enough quality to overcome the deficit.

“The turning point was the red card because they managed to score from the resulting free-kick. When we went down to 10 men in the first half, it became a lot more difficult.

“We were unlucky with the second goal because it was an own goal from a deflection, but I thought we were still in the game. He told the club website.

“I think the biggest disappointment is the third goal because at 2-1, you go home and you know that there’s a result where you’ve scored away at home and you can overcome it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal talks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal FC at Wembley Stadium on March 02, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“We can still overcome a two-goal deficit because, in the end, the goal we scored might play a big part, but we made it a little bit harder for ourselves.”

Cech is confident the Gunners can replicate the comeback they had against BATE BORISOV.

“Of course. At home, we can win. We created some chances today as well so we have to be positive.

“We’ve done it in the past where we’ve been 2-0 down and have overcome the deficit. One positive is that we can give it a go in the week to overcome it.”


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