Speaking at the pre-match press conference, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey spoke about the team’s confidence heading into the game against Bayern Munich, and expressed his opinion that the Gunners could win against the German giants (via Arsenal.com). The Welshman pointed to Arsenal’s strong track record away from home against Bayern as proof of their capabilities to upset the favourites.
Arsenal have faced Bayern Munich twice in recent years during the Round of 16. On both occasions, the Gunners performed better at the Allianz Arena, winning one and drawing in the other. At home, Arsenal were comprehensively beaten by the Germans, something that will be playing in the minds of players and fans alike heading into the game. However, Ramsey appeared confident and relaxed, and called for the home support to get firmly behind the team right from the start.
“We’ve done really well away from home [against Bayern Munich],” he said.
“It’s about starting the game well and getting the momentum and the crowd on our side early on. That’s what we’ll be looking to do to hopefully go on and get the win that we’re looking for.
“We’ve had some really good performances and results against Bayern, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow. These are the games that you want to be involved in, play in and test yourself in, so we’re looking forward to that.
“As a professional player you always go into every game wanting to give your absolute best. Unfortunately in the last two Champions League games we were not quite there to get the win, but our focus is now on Bayern and we are really looking forward to playing and going out there to express ourselves.”
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Arsenal showed the effectiveness of catching a team off-guard early on against Manchester United, and Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly tell the players to start the game at a similar tempo. But Bayern will surely have seen replays of the game and will be expecting Arsenal to come out all guns blazing. The Germans also have a higher quality team compared to United, so it promises to be an uphill struggle for us tonight.
Ultimately, it boils down to the individual performances. Bayern will make mistakes, just like any other team, and if our players capitalise on them then we can claim three valuable points tonight. The game also comes at the best possible time for us, considering the form that our attacking players are in; hopefully Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Özil, and the rest lead us to a massive result.