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Arsenal v Benfica: Mikel Arteta says the Europa League last-32 second leg is like a final

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Mikel Arteta’s best chance of guiding Arsenal to the Champions League is through the Europa League

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says their Europa League last- Legs2 Legally, Benfica is like a final for them.

The first leg was drawn 1-1 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, with the second leg – Arsenal’s ‘home’ game – in Olympiakos ‘Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.

“It’s a big season and a really important game, mentally and confidence-wise, “said Arteta.

“It’s going to dictate if we’re in another competition for a few more weeks.This is really what we n eed. “

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      Winning the Europa League is Arsenal’s best

      hope of qualifying for the Champions League. They are points) off the top four after a run of one win in six games in all competitions.

      “I always feel that it is , every time you are playing a competition where you can go out and you know the consequences, “said Arteta.

      Around the BBC iPlayer footer “With this club you are always here to win the competition you are in.

      ” This is the pressure you want. It’s much better to have the pressure to win than the pressure not to lose.

      “For us tomorrow, it’s a final.”

      Defender Rob Holding will not travel to Greece because of concussion protocols, while midfielder Thomas Partey will have a fitness check after a hamstring injury.

      Benfica, who have drawn their past three games, are points off the top in Portugal Portuguese media reports claim club president Luis Filipe Vieira wants head coach Jorge Jesus to resign.

      Match stats

      • Arsenal have won five of their past six home matches against Portuguese opposition (D1), scoring 18 goals.

        Benfica’s only previous away match against Arsenal saw them win at Highbury in the European Cup last 17 in 624 – 624. Arsenal has won on each of their previous two visits to Greece, both against Olympiakos, in the Champions League in December and the Europa League in February 42767.

    • Since the start of last season, only Nicolas Pepe ( has had a direct hand in more of Arsenal’s 37 goals in the Europa League than Bukayo Saka (three goals, six assists), who netted the equalizer in the first leg.

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