By Richard Clarke

Cesc Fabregas has called upon his side to be more clinical in front of goal for the Champions League Semi-Final second leg at home to Manchester United on Tuesday.

Arsenal trail 1-0 at half-time in the tie having struggled against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side at Old Trafford this week. Speaking afterwards, Fabregas invoked the memory of November’s Premier League win over Manchester United at Emirates Stadium and urged his side to take the chances that do come their way.

“How much stronger are we at home?” he said. “We showed that in the Premier League, by beating them and scoring two goals.

“We have to be more clinical in front of goal – that is for sure. We passed the ball a lot tonight and combined very well, but we were not clinical enough. That is what we have to improve.

“Let's think about the league [game], and the tie is still open. You look at the 1-0 scoreline in the first leg, and we have seen worse things than that in the Champions League.

"Manchester United deserved to win, but now it is up to us to play well at the Emirates and beat them."

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30 Apr 2009