Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal had “no choice” but to mount their morale-boosting late fightback against Everton.
Having been beaten 3-0 at Goodison Park in April, a repeat result seemed to be in the offing as the Gunners trailed by two goals at the interval on Saturday.
However, Aaron Ramsey’s close-range strike and a 90th-minute equaliser from Olivier Giroud secured a well-deserved point for Arsène Wenger’s men.
Szczesny was satisfied with the character his side showed and believes it will provide a big boost ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Besiktas. However Szczesny is weary of the threat Slaven Bilić’s men pose.
“In the end it is probably a good result because with 15 minutes to go everyone thought we had lost it,” he told Arsenal Player.
“It was a disappointing first half and we conceded two soft goals, which is not good, but we showed great character to come back and get a result.
“It would have been very disappointing if we had come here and lost again without putting up a fight – so we had no choice in the second half. We came out and pressed them high and got the two goals.
The 24-year-old Polish International put up a good fight in the first leg against Besiktas in Turkey last week Tuesday keeping out the Turkish side top forward – Demba Ba, after the ex-Chelsea man had taunted the Arsenal goalie all night with various on-target effort which Szczesny in turn did well to keep the ball out of his own net.
Szczesny talking to Arsenal’s official website urged his teammate to move on quickly and prepare for the Besiktas game with the goalkeeper hopeful his team will come out victorious in-front of the home fans.
“It is important that we move on quickly now and prepare for Wednesday night. Hopefully it will be an exciting game, it is certainly an important one for us so hopefully we will get a result.”
The Arsenal first choice goalkeeper is expected to once again feature between the sticks for the Gunners against Slaven Bilić’s men on Wednesday in the second leg Champions League play-off clash at the Emirates.