March 11, 2014

Can Arsenal upset Bayern?

FC Bayern München go into the home second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie with Arsenal FC 2-0 up and on a superb domestic run while Arsenal, without their first choice goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, will need to summon a repeat of their last trip to Allianz Arena to stand a chance of Champions League progression on Tuesday.

Josep Guardiola thinks the Gunners still pose a real danger. The English team’s 2-0 win in Munich at the same stage last year is still fresh in the memory, though Arsène Wenger believes his side can source hope from a deeper well than that.

“Well, of course 2-0 was a good result for us. Though it is dangerous, we have a good chance to go through. We have to bring our ideas to fruition. The Champions League is more important than the Bundesliga and we have to do our best,” Josep Guardiola noted.

He added that, “the main thing for us is avoiding conceding a goal. We have to play with the mentality that we want to win the game. We will play in a way that makes sure that we want to win the game. They have very good midfielders and you really have to do well against them. We have to win this game, it doesn’t matter what we did in the first leg. This is what we have to concentrate on”.

Arsène Wenger on his part said that, “We are focused on putting on a great performance. The history, with last year, is important. We know we can do it this time because we already did it last year. It is a possible task for us. My team has quality and ambition. With a top performance we can do it. It would be absolutely great to win. A big win would set us up for the last few months of the season.

Statistics are against us. But we have already won 5-1 against Milan. And we have won everywhere in Europe. We scored two goals in the last few minutes against Everton [on Saturday], so we can just focus on our game, without getting nervous. It would be helpful to score early, but we don’t have to. We can score later on too”.

Match fact
• The Gunners have won on three of their last five visits to Germany, with the other two ending in draws. The 1-0 victory at Borussia Dortmund on matchday four extended Arsenal’s record away to Bundesliga sides to W5 D4 L5; overall, home and away against German clubs, it is W14 D5 L10.