Jorge Jesus: Benfica not losing sleep over facing Arsenal in the Europa League

Jorge Jesus says Benfica are not losing sleep over facing Arsenal in the Europa League
Jorge Jesus says Benfica are not losing sleep over facing Arsenal in the Europa League (PA Images)

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus says he is not losing any sleep over facing Arsenal in the next round of the Europa League.

The Gunners finished eight points clear at the top of Group B, winning all six of their games against Molde, Rapid Vienna and Dundalk.

Benfica finished behind Rangers in Group D, while the club currently sit two points behind top spot in the Portuguese top flight.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are struggling domestically with just one win in their last six Premier League matches.

And Jesus believes Benfica are capable of an upset against Arsenal when they face Mikel Arteta’s side in February.

‘I’ve got the utmost respect for Arsenal but drawing them doesn’t give me sleepless nights or dent my confidence,’ said Jesus.

Arsenal have won all six of their games in the Europa League this season
Arsenal have won all six of their games in the Europa League this season (Getty)

‘They are strong opponents but I believe we have the ability to get past them.

‘We cannot be concerned about this. If we don’t have the capacity to beat Arsenal, we don’t have the capacity to reach the Europa League final either.

‘Before the draws, nobody knows what could happen, but I felt that Benfica would find a strong team.

‘When I am in the Champions League or Europa League, I always get strong teams. Me and the club where I am.’

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