Wenger insists Arsenal can pull off a miracle against Bayern Munich
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his side won’t be pulling a rabbit out of the hat when they travel to Allianz Arena to overcome a 2-0 deficit to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. After facing defeat at home, Wenger is still hopeful of acquiring an away win in in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.
Last season, Arsenal and Bayern Munich found themselves in a similar position when the German side defeated English at their home, but on the return trip the Gunners triumphed. However, Arsenal were still kicked out of tournament because of away scored goals.
Wenger believes if his players are able to stay concentrated and feel show 100 percent of their commitment on the field, then Arsenal stands a good chance of toppling the Champions League winning team from last season.
In his pre-match news conference in Munich, Wenger talked about the chances of qualification for the next round.
“We have played a few times with 10 men in Europe and always under very special circumstances,” Wenger said. “In the Champions League final [against Barcelona in 2006], now against Bayern. When we played at Barcelona when we were in a position to qualify, it was a second yellow card and the only time I have seen that since I [have] watched European football, when [Robin] van Persie was sent off [for kicking the ball away], so I hope tomorrow we get a fair chance to play with 11 against 11 until the end.
Wenger stated that Arsenal wanted a “good referee” to officiate their game and if the decisions were fair he was sure Arsenal would do well. The Frenchman further stated that he wanted a referee from the “tough leagues” to officiate the game as they are more experienced to picking up trickery and more used to making big decisions.
“Honestly, I never look at the referee before the game,” Wenger added. “I never have any preconceived ideas. Sometimes when referees have big experience it helps them get out of tricky situations.”
Bayern Munich won at the Emirates 3-1 last season, but were defeated 2-0 at Allianz Arena. The aggregate amounted to 3-3, but since the German side had scored more away goals they proceeded to the next stage of the tournament. Wenger believes his players will draw inspiration from the results of last year and work harder to achieve good results on foreign soil.