The Gunners threw away a three-goal lead against Belgian side Anderlecht on Tuesday night and now they have it all to do if they are to reach the knockout stages of Europe’s elite competition.
The German international has urged his teammates to play as a unit on the defensive end, for them to avoid committing the same mistakes in the coming games.
According to Daily Star, he said:
It is going to be the same things as last year and the year before where we finished second and the draw gave us Munich.
That is up to us, we did that. It was due to a lack of defending. The team is very disappointed and it is a small setback for us.
We have a comfortable situation in terms of going through after four games but we want to secure the second place.
We still have a big advantage after four games. I think we need a bit of pressure. But we still face competition.
The draw against Anderlecht means that claiming top spot in the group is now out of Arsene Wenger’s side’s hands, whilst victory would have meant beating Borussia Dortmund in their next game would have put them in control of the group. A draw from one of their final two remaining matches will see Arsenal into the knock-out stage but the likelihood is that it will be as far as we get.
With the group winners playing the teams that finish second, the Gunners cannot be drawn against a fellow Premier League side in the next round, but with the top Spanish clubs and Bayern Munich likely to finish at the top of their groups the North London club face a daunting challenge if they want to progress further.
Can Arsenal go past the round of 16? Share your thoughts in the comments below.