Ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich, Arsene Wenger has reiterated that his Arsenal side do not fear, despite the Bavarians winning every game they have played this season.
Pep Guardiola’s men have streaked clear in the Bundesliga title race, picking up maximum points after 9 games, and also top their Champions League group after consecutive wins.
Arsenal’s own place in the competition is at risk after back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, with victory desperately needed against Bayern, and Wenger believes his side can take heart from previous wins over the German champions.
“We could be suspected of not taking the first two Champions League games seriously enough, but that won’t be a problem against Bayern,” Wenger told reporters. “We know we are playing against a top side. Tomorrow everyone will be highly focused.
“We are confident. We’ve played great Bayern teams before, at least as good as the one we play tomorrow, and beaten them. The team that won the treble, with [Franck] Ribery at full power, Arjen Robben at full power, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller.
“There is no team without weaknesses. If you asked me to come out with them now, I wouldn’t do it. But there are no teams without weaknesses.
“We want to defend well, attack well and score the first goal. That is massively important in big games. You can’t say you will score three goals in 20 minutes [as against Manchester United] because that is absolutely crazy.”
Petr Cech will start in goal for the Gunners, with David Ospina carrying an injury, and Wenger has no plans to rest star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
“You would be surprised if I told you that I’ll rest them tomorrow. Unless I have a very bad sleepless night, maybe, and got it wrong. But normally they play,” he continued.
“These kind of medical predictions are beyond everybody. Even with the most sophisticated equipment doctors cannot predict the impact on the body. But they have no specific problems so I don’t see why they should be rested,” he concluded.
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