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William Saliba issues Arsenal Champions League ambition ahead of FC Porto clash

Arsenal defender William Saliba has made it clear the club’s ambition in the Champions League ahead of FC Porto clash

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Arsenal defender William Saliba has voiced the team’s determination to assert their place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League arena against FC Porto on Tuesday.

The Gunners find themselves trailing Porto 1-0 on aggregate as they prepare to host the Portuguese side at the Emirates Stadium for the second leg of their last-16 tie. Despite the deficit, Arsenal’s impressive form in the Premier League, which includes eight consecutive victories, have bolstered their confidence ahead of the important clash.

Speaking ahead of the match, Saliba stressed the importance of securing victory against Porto to demonstrate Arsenal’s Champions League credentials. 

“We have to win on Tuesday and we will give everything, we can’t wait to play on Tuesday. We were focused on the game [with Brentford] and now we prepare for Porto at home and we will be ready.

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“I think we were horrible [to play against in] the last seven or eight games and now we have to keep going like this, because it is very tough to beat us at home and we will give everything.”

Reflecting on Arsenal’s recent performances, Saliba praised the team’s resilience and fighting spirit, particularly evident in their hard-fought victory over Brentford. Despite facing stiff competition, Arsenal showcased a strong mentality and determination to secure the win, with Saliba emphasising the importance of maintaining such resolve in future matches.

“We have to compete like this,” he said. “Today wasn’t an easy game and we responded well. We have to keep going like this. 

“We cannot win every game 5-0 or 6-0, but it was a good mentality from the team today because we were 1-1 at half-time and we came back in the second-half with a good intention. 

“We scored at the end, so it was a good day for us. Sometimes it is good to suffer like this and win at the end.”

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