Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is confident his players can handle the pressure going into Thursday night’s huge test.
Arteta has told his players they shouldn’t be at Arsenal if they do not relish the challenge and pressure of matches like Thursday’s one against Benfica.
The Gunners are taking on the Portuguese side in the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie in Athens after drawing 1-1 in Rome last week.
“This is why we are here! When you play in these competitions and these games, finals too, it’s the pressure that you want,” he said.
“It’s much better to have the pressure to win than the pressure not to lose.
“I really enjoy the pressure of winning and to be here and to represent this club you have to be prepared to do that. If not, you don’t belong here.”