Arsenal in high spirit ahead of trip to Bayern Munich
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits his side is in high spirits ahead of the crucial Champions League tie with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday. Wenger feels that his side has picked up an important morale boost after marching into the semifinal of the FA Cup by picking up 4-1 victory over Everton.
The Gunners, whose silverware curse has entered its ninth-year, haven’t been in the semifinals of the FA Cup since 2005 – and that’s the year they last won the competition or picked up any sort of silverware for that matter. It has been a barren run for Arsenal ever since and Wenger is hoping to change that this season.
Arsenal are in contention to win the Premier League title and in a strong position to pick up the FA Cup since the Gunners are going to play Wigan Athletic, who defeated Manchester City to proceed, in the semifinal stage of the tournament.
Wenger understands the desperation for silverware and insists Arsenal can make a strong run in the Champions League as well. Arsenal were run down at the Emirates by 2-0, so they will head to Germany with a deficit to overcome, but Wenger is confident his side will be able to turnaround that deficit.
“It was important for us to win, to put us in a good mind on the psychological front,” Wenger said. “We can be inspired by our focus on the day, by our desire and go to Bayern with the same spirit.”
Arsenal has endured cruel fate with Bayern Munich in the past as well. Around 12 months ago in a similar stage Arsenal got kicked out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich because of away goals.
Bayern Munich went on to win the tournament last season, but despite the odds Wenger is confident his side will record a strong performance against the German opposition on Tuesday.
“The statistics go against us when we go to Bayern, but let’s make sure that the performance goes for us. Then we have a chance,” Wenger said.
Wenger believes Mesut Ozil will play an important role in Arsenal’s success in Germany. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder woke from his slumber to score his first goal for Arsenal since December in the win over Everton. Ozil missed a chance to give Arsenal a goal from the spot-kick in the first leg.