Arsene Wenger: The key to Arsenal beating Bayern Munich
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must build their performance from the back against Bayern Munich
Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal side that defensive stability will be the key to victory if they are to beat Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
The Gunners head to the Allianz Arena looking to build on their thrilling 2-0 win over the Bundesliga side at Emirates Stadium last month.
We are in a period where we are doing well and that should convince the players that they’re doing something right
Wenger’s men warmed up for Wednesday’s clash with a 3-0 win over Swansea City in the Premier League last weekend.
And the Frenchman feels that Arsenal will have to build their performance from the back if they are to beat Bayern again this week.
Wenger told a news conference on Tuesday night: “Defensively discipline will be vital tomorrow, of course, but I think we have players with experience at the back and what is important for us is that we show that discipline.
“We don’t want to get stupid yellow cards and we don’t want to commit undue fouls. We need to manage a good balance between being committed and not giving fouls away.
“We are in a period where we are doing well and that should convince the players that they’re doing something right.
“We have a good togetherness and I believe we really a team who stick together when things don’t go well.
“We will certainly have some uncomfortable moments during the game tomorrow night but that will be a good opportunity to show our togetherness.
“In good periods of the game we want to attack.
“What we want is to play to win. When you’re Arsenal and have won everywhere in Europe, even here, it means we will try to win the game.
“Are Bayern a great team? Yes, but it’s a good challenge for us as well to show that we have the quality to compete with them.”
Arsenal, who beat Swansea City 3-0 on Saturday, bounced back into contention in Group G with a 2-0 win against Bayern last month and now travel to Bavaria, where they are unbeaten in their last two visits. Bayern lead the way in the section with six points, three more than the Gunners.
This is Bayern’s 16th meeting with English opponents in the last five seasons. They have won the last two such home games but previously had not prevailed in four in Bavaria, including the 2012 final defeat on penalties by Chelsea.
Bayern’s overall home record against English teams is impressive, winning 12, drawing six and losing just three times.