London April 27, (TNS): Arsenal’s star midfielder Jack Wilshere says his side can take confidence from their Europa League semi-final draw against Atletico Madrid, despite the frustration of conceding a late away goal, in a 1-1 draw against a 10 man side.
The visitors on the back foot for much of Thursday’s first-leg contest at the Emirates Stadium following Sime Vrsaljko’s early dismissal, the Gunners dominated the game and looked set to take a lead to Madrid next week when Alexandre Lacazette headed them in front.
But Antoine Griezmann capitalised to convert a late equaliser and score a crucial away goal that can be telling in the context of the tie.
Since moving to the Wanda Metropolitano last summer.Diego Simeone’s side has lost only once at home in the Champions League, in a group game against Chelsea, before they were eliminated from the lucrative competition.
Atletico has also gone 11 home games without conceding a goal, and Arsenal head to Spain needing two to win the game.
Ahead of what could be Arsene Wenger’s last European match in charge of the club, as he is about to end his 22-year reign in the summer, Wilshere believes there is a reason for Arsenal to be positive.
“It was definitely not the result we wanted but the performance was good and we have got to take confidence from that and take that into the away fixture,” “It is half-time. We cannot be too disappointed. We created a lot of chances. If we create chances and put them away then we have got a chance.” the midfielder said.
Arsenal’s right-back Hector Bellerin admitted Atletico Madrid are favourites to progress in the semifinal tie.”Atletico is a team that knows how to make you suffer,”They know how to create chances and score goals.” said the Spaniard.
“It’s still 1-1, though, and the tie is still open and their for the taking. We know it will be difficult playing on their home turf but there are positives that we can take.