Petr Cech has admitted that Arsenal have an uphill task in the Europa League after the 1-0 defeat to BATE Borisov (via Arsenal.com).
It was an infuriating result on Thursday night but what made things even worse for Arsenal was the performance against a relatively poor team.
The Gunners were dire against BATE Borisov, something which Petr Cech made clear after the match.
“We didn’t take our chances,” Cech declared.
“I think that in the first half we played well and created enough chances to go ahead in the game, but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and we conceded in the last minute of the half, which obviously gives them a lot of confidence and belief.
“In the second half they were waiting for the counter-attack and we were trying to find our way to score the goal and we scored one, but it was ruled as offside.
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“We got the result we didn’t want. We want to score goals and we want to win and we want to put ourselves in a good position for the second leg, but we’ve made it more difficult for ourselves.”
Arsenal certainly have made it difficult for themselves. The 0-1 scoreline will invite BATE Borisov to sit back and soak up the pressure at the Emirates next week and it’s not as if Arsenal have looked particularly creative in recent weeks. Let’s hope things improve.