Arsenal may be going to the Allianz Arena this evening to face the full force of German organization and discipline in the shape of Bayern Munich, but our own German superstar Mesut Ozil is sure that we can be just as disciplined and clinical to beat the Germans at their own game.
Here is Ozil’s recipe for success tonight: “Firstly, we need to believe in ourselves and secondly we need to be as disciplined as in the first game,” The midfielder said on the official Arsenal website. “We know that they will have a lot of possession and that they will be going for the win.
“Our goal has to be to counter against them and make sure that we take our chances. Then we’ll have a good chance against them.
“We knew that they would have possession and our aim was to counter against them.
“We did that really well a few times in the first half, and Manuel Neuer made some excellent saves.
“In the second half we waited for our chance and we took them when they came. I think we were deserved winners, because we played in a very disciplined manner and didn’t allow Bayern to have many big chances.
“We’ve always got belief because we know exactly what we can do and we’ve got very good players in our ranks, who can be dangerous against every team.
“We know that and in Munich we want to show again that we belong to the best. We just have to play our game, be disciplined, believe in ourselves and then we’ll see if that’s enough against Bayern.”
Arsene Wenger is also very keen to stress the importance of discipline in tonights game. He said last night: “Defensively discipline will be vital tomorrow, of course, but I think we have players with experience at the back and what is important for us is that we show that discipline,” the manager said. “We don’t want to get stupid yellow cards and we don’t want to commit undue fouls. We need to manage a good balance between being committed and not giving fouls away.
“We are in a period where we are doing well and that should convince the players that they’re doing something right.
“We have a good togetherness and I believe we really a team who stick together when things don’t go well.
To be honest I would feel much better if Campbell and Bellerin were protecting the right-hand side, but I imagine we will be spending most of our time defending as we did in the first leg. But if Ozil plays to his awesome best and Sanchez regains his scoring boots, we should be good to go.
Onwards and upwards!