By Richard Clarke
Manuel Almunia feels Arsenal “have to be happy” with their 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday and called on the Emirates Stadium crowd to put pressure on Manchester United in next Tuesday’s return game.
The Arsenal keeper was overworked during the opening stages of the Champions League Semi-Final first leg. He pulled off wonderful saves from Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo before being beaten by John O’Shea’s rising drive.
Manchester United continued to create opportunities and, though Arsenal did get back into the game in the second half, the prevailing opinion was the home side should have made more of their advantage. Afterwards Almunia was taking the positives from the night.
"I think 1-0 in this stadium is not that bad a result because there are not that many teams who play here and go away with a clean sheet,” he said.
"We expected them to start with a high tempo, but in the second half we showed that if Arsenal can keep the ball, then we can beat them.
"We have to be more or less happy and look forward to the second leg at the Emirates.
"It is our last chance to do something this year, so we will try to put all of the pressure on Manchester United and the fans will help as well."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 30 Apr 2009