Bayern Munich v Arsenal: We need an early goal, says Olivier Giroud
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Olivier Giroud says the Gunners need an early goal to have any chance of turning around the last-16 tie
Olivier Giroud says Arsenal need to score an early goal to have any chance of beating Bayern Munich and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals.
The Gunners suffered a 3-1 loss in the first leg at The Emirates after a ruthless performance by the Bundesliga leaders in north London three weeks ago.
Bayern have only conceded 10 goals in the German league this season, but Giroud is still confident he will be presented with goal-scoring chances at the Allianz Arena.
“We need to score an early goal. In football you never know. We need to believe and stay focused,” Giroud told German magazine Kicker.
“I like to play against German teams because they are attacking all the time. There I get myself more possibilities to score, but we need to correct our bad defensive behaviour as well.”
Meanwhile, Thomas Mueller reckons Bayern cannot afford to sit back and invite pressure from Arsenal despite their commanding lead in the last-16 tie.
“We are not going to sit back and crowd the defence. They have nothing to lose, they can attack all the way. We have to be careful.”
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.