There is a very old saying that ‘success breeds success’ and in Arsenal’s case it is looking like the opposite is true. Wenger’s side seem to have an inferiority complex when it comes to facing the really big clubs, whether it is in the Champions League or the Premier League, and that is reflected in the bookies prices ahead of the tie. You can check out any tipping sites like footballpredictions.com and you will see that nobody expects Arsenal to win in the Allianz Arena tonight.
But the Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes that our two previous victories against Bayern Munich in the Champions League show that we can match them when we play to our best, but the fact is that those two victories came when the Germans were already confident of going through to the next round. There is no big advantage to winning one battle if you lose the war anyway, which has happened in our last four meetings with Bayern.
So we need our players to show the same steel and confidence that Munich seem to have in abundance, and Ramsey feels that is the only way we can come away with a result in Germany. Our Welsh midfielder said on Arsenal.com: “Bayern are a fantastic team with very gifted individuals and they all understand their role in the side,”
“It’s going to be important for us to match their commitment and get stuck into them to try to stop them and playing. We need to go out there and enjoy ourselves by playing the football that we know we’re capable of playing.
“We’re a very technically gifted team and on our day we can play some fantastic football. It’s going to be important for us to move the ball quickly and hopefully play around them, in between the lines to create opportunities.
“We’ve had a few good results against them like that 2-0 win at home, and we beat them 2-0 away as well, so we can beat them on our day. It’s just going to be important for us to stay in the game, get something, get a good result in the first leg and then come back to the Emirates so that we can hopefully have enough to go through.”
The one thing that I can see that could give us an advantage is the fact that we are definite underdogs, which normally means that you can play without fear as there is less pressure on us, while Bayern will be desperate to get a big lead in the first leg. Wenger has already stated that he will be happy to keep Bayern at bay in Germany, but maybe we will surprise them and come out with all guns blazing, just like PSG did to Barcelona last night. That would be nice!
Onwards and Upwards!