Arsenal must start strongly at Bayern Munich, says Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal believe they can turn around a 3-1 first-leg deficit and knock Bayern Munich out of Europe
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal believe that they can turn around a 3-1 first-leg deficit and knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League.
The Gunners were comprehensively beaten by the Bundesliga leaders at Emirates Stadium last month as last year’s runners-up took a giant stride towards the quarter-finals.
But Wenger, whose side have not played since the north London derby defeat by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, is convinced that his side have what it takes to make it through despite the odds being stacked against them
“It is not mission impossible,” Wenger told a news conference. “It can be done, but first of all you need 100 per cent commitment, attitude and things to go your way. But usually football goes your way when you have the right attitude.
“There is a kind of [feeling of] ‘let’s really play with freedom’. Let’s start strong. We have to create doubt in their mind and you only do that if you have a real go.
“The chance you have is to [make] insecure the certainty Bayern have at the moment. That you can only do if you perform at your best.
“We can have a real go without being silly. We can’t think that the game lasts 30 minutes and throw everything forward from the first minute on. We want to be positive but also intelligent.”
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• Arsenal are unbeaten on their last three visits to Germany, drawing twice and winning 2-1 at Hamburger in the 2006-07 Champions League group stage.
• Bayern are ten home games unbeaten in the Champions League, discounting last season’s final, since a 3-2 loss to Internazionalein the 2010-11 first knockout round.
• Bayern have won eight in a row in the Bundesliga in 2013, surpassing Dortmund’s league record for the start to a calendar year set last term. Their haul of 66 points from 25 games is a German top-flight record.
• Theo Walcott has struck 11 league goals this term, reaching double figures for the first time in his career. The forward, who was due to be out of contract this summer, signed a new long-term deal with Arsenal in January.