Wenger believes Arsenal will advance to Champions League quarter-finals
Arsene Wenger says that he is confident of progression to the Champions League quarter-finals despite his team trailing Bayern Munich 2-0 on aggregate after the first leg. Arsenal take on the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena tonight. The first leg was more of an even encounter before Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after the dismissal of Wojciech Szczesny. Mesut Ozil even missed a penalty, which would have otherwise given them a fighting chance to progress.
Even now, Wenger has the belief that Arsenal will be able to overturn this deficit against a team that has a 20 point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table. According to Sky Sports, he said prior to the match:
"It is a possible task, that is the most important thing. My team has quality and ambition. History is important in our belief. We know we can do it, because we have already done it.
"The way to win is to produce a top-level performance and turn up with quality and belief.
"The statistics are against us, but we have won 5-1 at Inter, we have won everywhere in Europe. We have had a few good nights in Europe but it would be absolutely great (to qualify)."
Wenger’s men have achieved some emphatic results away from home in Europe. They even did well against an imperious Barcelona team at the Camp Nou a few years ago. Yet, the upcoming challenge is viewed as one of the most difficult. Bayern Munich rarely concede possession and there are very few weaknesses through the entire starting line-up.
Arsenal are likely to take confidence from the first half performance in the first leg and weekend’s win over Everton in the FA Cup.
After arguing that Arsenal were at the wrong end of the refereeing decisions in the first leg, Wenger has tried to put pressure on the referee’s by suggesting that his performance is going to be crucial. He said:
"What we want is a good referee and the closer they are to the tough leagues, the more chances they have to detect the tricks that can decide the game. But that is the same for Bayern, because I talk about my players and the Bayern players.
"What I mean sometimes is that when you come from a league that is less pacey...I don't know.”
Even though British teams have not had a lot of success in German soil, this has been changing in recent years. Chelsea won against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the 2012 final against all odds, while Arsenal secured a narrow win over Borussia Dortmund in the group stages earlier this season.