The Gunners face the daunting prospect of facing the German giants at the Emirates with many already writing the North-Londoners off after succumbing to an embarrassing defeat to Blackburn in the FA Cup.
Bayern Munich are undoubtedly one of the hottest teams in Europe at present and possess a string of world-class players. They undeservedly lost to Chelsea in last season’s Champions League final and will no doubt want to redeem themselves this campaign.
Wilshere is quoted as saying by Arsenal.com:
I think that was an inspiration for everyone. They weren’t having a good season and they got a bit lucky in some games but showed great character.
We need to do that now. We need to come together as a team. We’ve got good leaders here. We’ve got a good team atmosphere here and I think that’s going to help us now.
It’s not ideal to go into a game like that after the loss [against Blackburn] but we have to show our character now. We’ve done it before so we know what we can do. We’ve beaten big European teams here before so we need to do that again.
We need a good defensive display and then we need to counter them well. They’ve got a good defensive unit as well so it’s going to be an interesting game and we look forward to it.
We’ve got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’re winners as well. We’ve got the likes of Podolski and Arteta. Players like that are winners – they want to win.
The fans are always great, especially in Europe. I think they love the European nights here and we need everybody behind us.
The current Arsenal side will always be considered underdogs in a clash against such a talented Bayern team, but there is always a chance the Gunners could pull off an upset if the players perform to their potential.
It is unfortunate that Arsenal have no momentum going into the tie. The loss to Blackburn was nothing short of a disgrace and the players definitely need to take responsibility. Despite being a weakened team, fielding 11 internationals against a Championship side should still be no contest.
It is pretty clear the task ahead will be a tough one for the Gunners. Being realistic, I felt the FA Cup was our last chance at some silverware this season and beating Bayern is only the first step in a long road to the Champions League final. The odds are definitely not stacked in our favour unfortunately, but then again anything could happen.