Away from home, Arsenal have put in some very shameful performances this season with their last Europa League outing being one example.
However, at the Emirates, it has been another story. And midfielder Lucas Torreira is now banking on his side to make that home advantage count when the Gunners look to mount a comeback against Rennes tomorrow.
“I think we were in control of the match and we’d obviously taken an early lead, but the red card did change things and Rennes were able to take advantage of things,” Torreira told Arsenal’s official club website when speaking about the north London club’s 3-1 loss at Roazhon Park.
“With that being said, we do have confidence that we’re going to give a very big performance and go through to the next round.”
While it would be dangerous to underestimate the task at hand, especially considering what happened first time round, it is not hard to understand why Torreira and supporters are so confident heading into the game.
The Roazhon Park encounter was a close one up until Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ sending off and, as already alluded to, Arsenal can be a different animal when it comes to playing at home.
This season, under Unai Emery, the Gunners have claimed impressive victories against Tottenham, Chelsea and most recently Manchester United.
If Torreira and co can play anywhere close to how they did in those fixtures, then a comeback could truly be on the cards for Emery’s men.
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