Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said he has no doubts about his team’s mentality despite the Gunners conceding the injury time draw against Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-leg first leg on Thursday ( 1-1) and is confident of being able to decide the move to the semifinals in the second leg on April 15.
Nicolas Pépé scored what looked like it was going to be Arsenal’s winning goal in the 86th minute, but Tomas Holes leveled before the final whistle at the Emirates Stadium.
When Arteta was asked if he had any concerns about his team’s mental strength after conceding 1-1, the Arsenal manager replied: “With my team’s mentality? No, I have no worries. I think we can go there and win the game. The mentality has to be to go there and score goals and win the game because we have to score if we want to pass ”.
Arteta made six changes from last Saturday’s 0-3 Premier League loss to Liverpool. Against Slavia he left captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench (he came in in the 78th minute).
When Arteta was asked about his decision to leave the Gabon forward, the Arsenal manager said: “It was a great decision to leave some players out, but we decided it was the team with the best chances.
“We try to communicate with the players in the most transparent way possible, so that they understand their role in the game. When (Aubameyang) came in with the right attitude ”. Arsenal, who are 10th in the Premier League, will travel to play at Sheffield United on Sunday.