We have played these kind of games many times’

Mikel Arteta looks on during trainingIMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal can “control better” the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Porto on Tuesday, but hopes fans will bring the “energy” to help the team over the line.

The Gunners, who continued their impressive Premier League form against Brentford on Saturday, struggled to create chances in their 1-0 first-leg defeat in Portugal.

But they will be hoping to use their recent confidence in front of goal, that has seen them score 33 goals since the start of the year, to turn the tie around.

Speaking in his pre-match news conference, the Arsenal boss said: “Every week, every opponent has their strengths and weaknesses, the way that they approach the game – and now we know them a bit better.

“We have played these kind of games many times in the Premier League – we played one two days ago. We’ll just focus on being ourselves and do more of the things that we can control better than we did a few weeks ago.

“We have to make it happen tomorrow, but we have to be very good to achieve that.”

If the north London side manage to progress, it will be the first time they have reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 14 years and Arteta is hoping the home support will help them.

“That’s the opportunity that we have tomorrow, in front of our people and in our stadium. For 96 minutes, bring your energy, bring your noise and let’s do it together,” he added.

“The first derby that I played with PSG against Marseille, I could not believe the atmosphere. I went to Scotland and played in the Old Firm and I was shocked. So it can play a huge part in giving you so much energy and belief and I’m sure tomorrow is going to be that.

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