Arsene Wenger knows the upcoming Champions League tie will be a mammoth task but he believes with a positive mindset and an ambitious plan, his side still has hope of progressing.
Last season the Gunners attempted to overturn a huge 4-0 first leg deficit against AC Milan and came within touching distance with an impressive 3-0 win, the same scoreline from Wenger’s side this week will see them progress.
But it will not be easy, Bayern Munich are the in form team at the moment while the Gunners have been dealt a series of blows over the past few weeks. However the Frenchman believes his side can not afford to dwell on the previous result, but turn up on Wednesday night with a positive,determined attitude and make the impossible possible.
Wenger told Arsenal Player:
We’re chasing the game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all.
But our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things, not go there and think ‘we will not qualify anyway’. No, not at all. We will go to Munich and have to go there and give ourselves a chance to qualify with everybody believing we can do it.
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We have to behave on the football pitch like a team who wants to do it. That will be the task in the preparation. How will we go into the game tactically? I haven’t decided yet. It will be with an ambitious plan, that is for sure.
There have been a few wins in the Champions League that we are all very proud of. We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich as well. Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try to achieve it.
Wenger has managed to pull off some impressive victories in his time, and with an almost fit first XI available for the Frenchman this Wednesday they have the ability to produce the result of the season, but every player has to perform out of their skin. Giroud needs to start scoring, as does Walcott, while the backline must be tight and make no mistakes. The return of Kieran Gibbs will be a big boost with Nacho Monreal unavailable due to his participation in the competition with Malaga prior to his winter move, and with options aplenty for Wenger, an ambitious plan is precisely what the Gunners need.
In terms of an exciting, attacking first XI I’d like to see Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker and Gibbs commandeer the defence, Arteta, Wilshere and Rosicky in the midfield with Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wings with Theo Walcott up front. Giroud could be introduced at the expense of Arteta to create a strong-looking 4-4-2 but perhaps later in the match, while Podolski (if fit) is also an option. Rosicky is one of our slickest passers and creative players – he should be playing more than he has of late.
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