Kolasinac: Arsenal must start better to stand chance of Europa League glory

Arsenal wing back Sead Kolasinac insists the Gunners will have to start matches better if they want to go all the way in this season’s Europa League.

The Gunners recovered a two-goal deficit to overcome Stade Rennes 4-3 in the second leg of their last 16 clash on Thursday, setting up a mouth-watering quarter final tie against Napoli.

Speaking to the official website after the Rennes victory, Kolasinac said there was still work to be done, however.

He said:

“We didn’t put ourselves in a good position at the end of that first leg. Having said that, I think that away goal was crucial for us. It was difficult for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well. We made it difficult, but we knew how strong we are at home and we deservedly went through.

“We knew that we put ourselves in a difficult position. As I said it is hard when you play with 10 men for about 50 minutes or so. But we always knew there was another game, a home game for us, and we believed in ourselves. That shone through.

“It’s really important to have a good quarter-final first leg, obviously it’s always very difficult when you lose the first game. We are aware of that, it’s not something we want to do of course. It is something we are going to work on in the next round. Of course the key will be to start better than we have in these last two ties.”

And on his own form…

“I am firstly just happy to help the team really. I think at the moment as a side we are playing really well. We are playing nice football. We are quite compact. I don’t want to talk too much about myself because I think at the moment as a team we are in good form. We are playing well and we are hoping we can continue it after the international break as well.

“I don’t think the international break has come at the wrong time. I think it is something we are used to, occasionally you have to go and represent your national team. Sometimes it can actually be quite good to go and see your national team colleagues as well. To be honest, I don’t think it will take us out of our rhythm.”

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