Granit Xhaka: Champions League would be big step for this Arsenal

06 March, 2019, 14:59 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Tottenham's Hugo Lloris with Arsenal's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang after the match

Aaron Ramsey opened the scoring in his last north London derby but Harry Kane equalised after a contentious penalty decision.

Spurs pushed for a victor, but it was Arsenal who missed out on glory in the closing stages with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having a spot kick saved by Hugo Lloris. But I am so happy with the character and personality that we played with. This is the mentality that we want.

"Over the last week we have put ourselves under pressure but we have done it in the past and every game is a big game".

With Rob Holding also on the sidelines with a knee ligament injury that he picked up in December, it means Arsenal will be without four players for the Europa League clash in Rennes tomorrow evening.

"We need to show that on the pitch".

"We work a lot, changed our identity, you can see that week after week".

"It's very important for us and for our manager that we take one of the four positions so that next year we are in the Champions League".

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The 23-year-old will now miss the crunch game against United, where a top four place could hang in the balance.

The Reds are chasing a first Premier League title since 1990, one that will take their tally of PL trophies to 19.

Hugo Lloris saved the striker's spotkick, but the Switzerland worldwide insisted it's not a big deal as the club look towards their next game.

"The assistant is next to the goal-line to check if the ball goes into the net or not but you don't have to do that now because of goal-line technology, but he also has to check if the goalkeeper comes off the line to save the penalty".

"Hugo is one of the best in the world, he does not need to show that, he can not prove nothing but the finger always points at the big players, like Hugo or if Harry misses big chances. The penalty should have been retaken and, under VAR, that mistake would have been rectified". "To arrive there in better condition than we did today is going to be key". "The finger is always pointed to a big player like Hugo or Harry (Kane) when he doesn't score".

Which is why the legendary Graham believes that winning the Europa League offers the best chance for Arsenal to rejoin the continent's top table.



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