Against the odds, we got the result we so desperately needed against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. And while it would obviously be fantastic, a win now won’t be quite as vital at the Allianz Arena.
Simply getting a point against the German giants would make things a lot easier heading into the last two group games, and Gabriel Paulista suggests we’ll be playing for the draw this Wednesday night. The defender has highlighted the need to attack with intelligence, and suggests avoiding defeat is more important than getting the win.
“I think at home we were able to impose ourselves a lot more. We attacked a bit more but I think when we play away, we also have to have a slightly different outlook,” he said (via Arsenal.com).
“That doesn’t mean we’ll spend the whole game defending. We’re a big team, we’re Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result.
“But we need to attack with intelligence and make sure we don’t suffer a defeat and complicate our situation for the rest of our competition.”
Suggesting that we imposed ourselves at the Emirates seems a little much, as possession wise we were dominated by Bayern and were under the cosh for quite some time. We played the game to tactical perfection though, hitting them on the break and capitalising on our chances when they came.
If we were to beat Bayern at the Allianz then the group really will have been blown wide open, and it would be anyone’s to win. We’re likely to need wins in our last two games regardless of the result this week though, as we made things difficult for ourselves with our performances in the first two games.
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The game this Wednesday night is obviously going to be another tricky one, and we will have to be tactically sound once again if we are to get anything from it.