By Chris Harris

Mikael Silvestre believes Arsenal can make the most of their stay of execution and reach the Champions League Final next week.

The former Manchester United defender returned to Old Trafford on Wednesday night and inadvertently played a part in the only goal of the game. Silvestre stuck out a leg as Michael Carrick crossed in the 18th minute but could only divert the ball to goalscorer John O'Shea.

The Frenchman knows it could have been worse for Arsenal as United piled on the pressure before half-time but he is accentuating the positives ahead of the second leg at Emirates Stadium.

"We could have conceded more goals, but to go away from Old Trafford just 1-0 down is not a bad result. It gives us more hope to qualify," he said.

"We have to look at it in a positive way. At 1-0, we can turn the situation around, and that is what we expect to do next week.

"We had good possession, but Edwin [van der Sar] was not under as much pressure as he should have been and we have to improve on that by creating more chances at Emirates next week.

"We kept our composure, and when you see the average age of our side, it is not easy. The guys proved they have the character and hopefully we can show that again next week."

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