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BATE travel to London for Europa League second-leg tie against Arsenal

BATE travel to London for Europa League second-leg tie against Arsenal

Petr Cech says that he cannot afford to turn his thoughts to whether each game he plays could be his last, as Arsenal prepare to face BATE Borisov in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie.

Rather alarmingly, Arsenal have only kept two clean sheets in their last 14 games in all competitions and it was another bit of suspect defending which cost them yesterday as a lapse in concentration from a set piece allowed Stanislav Dragun to head the home side into a lead on the brink of half-time.

"We can win or lose but we play the second match and I trust in our work and preparations to make a different result at Emirates Stadium".

"The first half was a good performance, we had chances to score".

'I respect [BATE] and I know about them because we watched matches they played.

They also hadn't played a competitive match in nearly two months, had only ever beaten an English side once in their history (Everton in 2009, ironically also featuring Shkodran Mustafi) and had never, before last night, won a European knockout game.

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"Our big opportunity is next week at home".

Emery said: "I didn't see the action but we need to control the frustration". We deserved to win but didn't get the result.

Ozil, who missed Saturday's 2-1 win at Huddersfield through illness, and Ramsey, who missed training on Wednesday with a knee injury, remained behind in London as the rest of the Arsenal squad flew out to Belarus.

"Letting the team down like that is the worst feeling", Lacazette wrote on Twitter.

Arsenal will then have the weekend off before the return leg against BATE Borisov at The Emirates next Thursday night.

"But with Chelsea when they don't win - a bit like how Manchester United were when things went bad for them - because the expectations are always there, and they have been with Chelsea over the last 20 years; when they go on a bad run like this it becomes a crisis quicker than it does at Arsenal".


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