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Arsenal vs Benfica “Is a Cup Final” -Arteta

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta thinks the Europa League round of 32 second leg match against Benfica match tonight ” is like a cup final”.

Arsenal lost at this stage to Olympiacos last year and Arteta wants to avoid that mistake that cost his side TV revenue.

The first leg was drawn 1-1 in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, with the second leg – Arsenal’s ‘home’ game – in Olympiakos’ Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens.

“It’s a big season and a really important game, mentally and confidence-wise,” said Arteta. “It’s going to dictate if we’re in another competition for a few more weeks. This is really what we need.

“This is the pressure you want. It’s much better to have the pressure to win than the pressure not to lose.

“For us tomorrow, it’s a final.”

Arsenal are tenth on the EPL table and could miss out on top four but winning the Europa league is the sure way to return to the Champions League.

Defender Rob Holding is out and did not travel with the team after suffering concussion against Manchester City on Sunday.

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