Ramsey urges Arsenal to find belief ahead of Bayern Munich clash
Aaron Ramsey calls on his Arsenal team-mates to show the belief that they can knock out Bayern Munich ahead of European clash
Aaron Ramsey has called on his Arsenal team-mates to show the belief that they can knock out Bayern Munich as the Gunners prepare to take on last year’s Champions League runners-up.
Saturday’s shock defeat by Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup provided Arsene Wenger’s men with far-from-ideal preparation for Tuesday’s last-16 showdown at Emirates Stadium.
Europe’s elite club competition now remains as Arsenal’s last hope of ending their seven-year trophy drought and Ramsey concedes that the north Londoners need to show more belief ahead of the clash.
“On our day we’re capable of producing good results against anybody and we’ve proven that over the last few seasons,” Ramsey told Arsenal’s website. “But consistency has been the issue with us.
“Whether it will take us to win something before we actually believe that we can go on and be a threat in everything, I don’t know. On our day we’re more than capable of producing great performances and great results.
“Munich got to the final last season and are so successful in this competition and in their league over many years now. It will be a tough game, but we’re confident that on our day we can give anybody a good game and come out on top.
“There are a lot of important games coming up which we are looking forward to. We have two competitions now where we are looking to achieve something and hopefully get some silverware. We are on a good run and hopefully can continue that in the Bayern Munich game.”
Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Pre-match facts
• The teams met at this stage in 2004-05, Bayern establishing a 3-1 lead in the home leg with Claudio Pizarro scoring their first two goals. It was enough to take them through despite Arsenal’s 1-0 win in the return.
• Four years previously the teams met in the second group stage when Bayern again had the upper hand, winning their home game 1-0 after a 2-2 draw in London.
• Arjen Robben scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 away win at Arsenal on 18 December 2005. In his three years at Stamford Bridge he faced the Gunners four times and was never on the losing side.
• Franck Ribery plays for France alongside Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby, Olivier Giroud, Sebastien Squillaci and Laurent Koscielny.