We must stay positive! Gervinho says Arsenal can complete Munich miracle
Arsenal's Gervinho urges the Gunners to stay positive about their chances of overturning a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich
Gervinho has urged Arsenal to stay positive as they bid to complete a “miracle” and overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Arsene Wenger’s side suffered a comprehensive loss to the Bundesliga leaders at The Emirates last month, leaving the Gunners on the brink of an exit from Europe’s premier club competition.
Bayern have only lost once at home this season – a 2-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen – while Arsenal’s only away victory in the Champions League was at Montpellier back in September.
However, the Ivory Coast international remains optimistic that the Gunners can still reach the quarter-finals if they can score an early goal against Bayern.
“We know it is not going to be an easy match. It is not easy to come back from 3-1 against Bayern Munich,” Gervinho told the Daily Star.
“They are one of the best teams in the world with good players all over the pitch, so we are expecting a tough game, but we must remain confident.
“We scored at the Emirates against them and you never know, a miracle can happen. If we score an early goal it will put them under pressure.
“We just need to keep positive and give everything we have. We all know anything can happen in football.”
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.