Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger has warned his side that qualification is not yet secured.
The Gunners were convincingly beaten 3-1 by the Bundesliga side at home placing any hope of a trophy under serious doubt for Arsene Wenger.
Goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic handed the Bavarians a healthy away goal advantage, however Lukas Podolski’s headed effort gives the Gunners some hope.
Schweinsteiger, who will be suspended for their home leg on March 13 after picking up his third booking in the UCL,
feels that Bayern must not get complacent and finish the job as Arsenal are a quality side.
He told Bayern’s official website:
We mustn’t underestimate Arsenal, they have some very good players, and we’ll have to give it 100 percent in the return. Arsenal aren’t just dropping by as tourists. It’s a good result, but it’s not over yet.
We really got going well, especially in the first 30 minutes, when we let the ball and our opponents do the work. We were ruthless, especially in terms of taking our chances, but the third goal was vital too.
While the media are focusing on the sacking of Wenger, now is the time to be united and back the Gunners as they attempt to prevent the season becoming even more of a disaster. The summer is the time for discussing the managers situation.
As Schweinsteiger said the tie is not over yet, Arsenal managed to almost overturn a 4-0 deficit against AC Milan last season albeit it was at the Emirates but it is something they can draw inspiration from nevertheless.
They have one hell of a task ahead of them, but first is a must win match against Aston Villa this weekend before vital ties against the Spuds and Everton before the Gunners can even think about their trip to Munich.