A round up of news stories this morning related to Arsenal.
German defender Per Mertesacker has been quoted by the Telegraph suggesting the reason for his team’s first leg performance was a lack of mental strength.
Mertesacker was one of the players heavily criticised after the first game for the way he defended.
He’s suggested that the players weren’t mentally ready for the fight, which saw them slip behind in the game quickly.
“We know that first leg we weren’t really up for it mentally. From the start you could feel that,” he said.
The German has also revealed that a team meeting after that game allowed the side to iron out defensive difficulties, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Arsenal have some of the most experienced defensive players and coaches in Europe and they came together to sort out the problems at the back.
It seems to have worked because Arsenal have been relatively solid since that defeat.
The Gunners go into the game this evening looking to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg in London.
The boss has promised fans that his team will do everything they can to try and get over the winning line.
“The statistics are all against us. We have to give everything to make the statistics lie,” said the boss.