We’ve got to believe! Wilshere says Arsenal can still reach last eight

Arsenal 1 Bayern 3 Munich: Jack Wilshere insists the Gunners can live with their German opponents despite an emphatic first-leg loss

The Sport Review staff
By    
Arsenal
1
Bayern Munich
3

Jack Wilshere believes Arsenal’s second-half performance proved Arsène Wenger’s side can live with Bayern Munich despite Wednesday’s emphatic loss.

Jupp Heynckes’s men took an early lead in the Champions League last-16 tie courtesy of Toni Kroos’s opener, before Thomas Mueller doubled the German outfit’s advantage at Emirates Stadium.

However, Arsenal seized the momentum at the start of the second half, with Lukas Podolski scoring before Olivier Giroud was denied an equaliser by Manuel Neuer’s sharp reactions.

Mario Mandzukic bagged a scrappy third for Bayern in the 77th minute to leave the visitors in pole position to reach the last eight, but Wilshere still believes the Gunners can complete a miracle comeback.

“We’re disappointed we lost by a bigger margin than we should have,” said Wilshere.

“We started the second half really well – it’s a shame we couldn’t do that in the first half – and we had a chance to make it 2-2, but they went down the other end and made it 3-1 so it makes it difficult for us.

“We sort of questioned ourselves in the the first half: ‘Can we really live with it?’

“But we showed when we step up and really play that we can so we’ve got to have a bit more self-belief.

“We play for Arsenal and we can’t be giving up. We need to go there in good spirits and you never know what can happen.

“It’s going to be difficult but we’re not out of it. We’ve got to believe.”

MORE: Seven reasons why Chelsea must keep Cesc Fabregas

MORE: 20 Chelsea targets Conte could sign to replace Terry

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Watch: Man United’s David De Gea embarrassed by Chelsea star’s wonder-goal
The Sport Review
Miami WTA Preview: Kerber and Pliskova head field, but Vesnina and Kuznetsova on a roll
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
The Sport Review
20 Chelsea transfer targets Antonio Conte could sign in the summer
The Sport Review
Top 25 Muslim football players in Premier League: Arsenal, Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs 2017: Meet Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Paul Merson claims he knows what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is going to do
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho pictured meeting agent amid Man United transfer talk
The Sport Review
Transfer round-up: Man United agree deal with first summer signing in principle, Arsenal want top goalkeeper