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Friday 2 December 2016

Wenger on the brink

Arsenal boss confident his side can rely on Premier League form to engineer vital Bayern victory

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal face a huge task to beat Bayern Munich and keep their Champions League hopes alive
Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal face a huge task to beat Bayern Munich and keep their Champions League hopes alive

Arsene Wenger is teetering on the brink of Euro failure tonight as he sends his Arsenal team into Champions League action against the mighty Bayern Munich knowing that only a win will suffice.

Having suffered shock defeats in their opening Group F matches against Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, the Gunners are already under serious pressure to chalk up some points in an attempt to reach the knock-out stages of the competition.

With back-to-back fixtures against Pep Guardiola's German double-winners, starting tonight at the Emirates, Wenger remains confident that his side can bring their fine Premier League form to bear on Bayern, while admitting that he didn't take the opening two games of the group seriously enough.

"We have some ground to make up in Europe as we have not been at our requested level in our first two games," said Wenger.

"Our focus has been much stronger in the Premier League than it has been in Europe and we know in this game the focus needs to be exactly the same than in the Premier League."

The Gunners boss added: "We have the needed belief and confidence that we are doing something right, so that helps. We maybe could be a little suspected of not taking the first two games at the level of not taking the opponent seriously enough, so let's take the positives of our Premier League and as well get the right focus that you get when you play a big opponent."

While Wenger acknowledged that Bayern are a world class outfit, he insisted that every team has "weaknesses."

"You can consider the teams who win the Champions League are the best in the world because most of the time they win after the World Cup of the clubs in recent years," he said.

"However, there is no team without weaknesses. What we want to do tomorrow is win the game. We want to defend well, attack well, score the first goal, that is massively important in the big games.

"You can never promise you will score three goals in 20 minutes because that would be absolutely crazy. What we can do is start in a strong way and that is what we will try to do."

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