Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of Arsenal beating Bayern Munich
Arsenal need to score three goals when they go to the Allianz Arena in a fortnight’s time, something that might prove beyond them, although Arsene Wenger is an eternal optimist.
February 20th, 2013
The Frenchman saw his team outclassed by Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and a 3-1 defeat means any hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals are dangling by a thread.
However, Wenger is trying to remain upbeat about the prospect of beating the German league leaders on their own patch, hoping to achieve mission impossible.
“Let us not hide the truth, it will be very difficult,” Wenger, whose own future has been questioned, told Sky Sports.
“But we will try to make the impossible, possible.
“We have to go there and play completely like we play at home. We have to try to change the score. The third goal makes it very difficult but we have to try.”
Some would argue it was a lost cause for Arsenal before Mario Mandzukic bundled home a third goal for the visitors. However, Wenger hopes that the team’s underdog tag can stand them in good stead for this encounter.
“We are the underdogs – you just need to read the English press to understand that,” Wenger said on Arsenal’s official website.
“We have pressure, because we want to do well and we want to win. I believe that whether you are favourites or underdogs, what counts is to play well, make a good pass when you have the ball and defend well when you don’t have the ball. All the rest, in our job, you have to take a distance from it.
“What is important is that when you play to win a competition, at some stage you have to play a big team.
“If I listen to your questions, we are not favourites but I trust our quality, our spirit and our mental strength.”