Arsenal forward Theo Walcott believes that the Gunners have what it takes to win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, and assured fans that the team was dedicated to putting things right after a horrendous start to the European campaign this season (via ESPN). Arsenal have lost their opening two games of the group stage, away at Dinamo Zagreb and at home to Olympiacos. We now face German champions Bayern at home, before playing the reverse fixture in a couple of weeks.
With Arsenal sitting at the bottom of the table, the results against Bayern will be crucial to our chances of progressing in the Champions League. If we fail to take any points off them, then our fate will be decided by other teams and we face the real risk of being knocked out at the group stages. But Walcott is confident that the team can take the fight to the opposition, saying, “We just need to move on from the first couple of (European) results, they have happened. We know we are capable of getting results against Bayern Munich and we obviously want to put things right.
“Looking at our last Premier League home match against Manchester United, the intensity of our game was different to what it was like against Olympiacos in the Champions League.
“We want put it right and we just need to work hard, and that is what it comes down to. If everyone is doing their job on the day it is difficult to beat us. I think that is down to us players and we can work hard for the team because we know the talent is there and it has always been there.
“We haven’t started in the Champions League how we would have liked to, but we will work hard and try and put it right.”
Bayern have played against Arsenal twice in recent years, and on both occasions the Germans walked away from the Emirates with all three points. This is certainly a worry for the players.
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“Playing against Bayern and their quality is of course going to be a good challenge for us and a difficult game. We are at home with our support and we need a similar sort of performance like we had against Manchester United. We know we can beat anyone and we are going to be completely ready for this one,” he continued.
The manager fielded a full-strength squad against Watford over the weekend, and though we struggled a bit in the first half our superior quality eventually prevailed. However, we cannot count on the same against a team like Bayern, and will definitely need an early spell of dominance if we are to secure a positive result.