Arsene Wenger is well aware that Arsenal have a tough task on their hands in the Champions league. Bayern Munich were last year’s finalists and probably should have won the trophy, but Chelsea held on with some last ditch defending and won the penalty shoot out. Bayern are storming along in the German Bundesliga, so it is no real surprise that they are favourites to progress to the next round at the expense of the Gunners.
Sometimes, especially in cup competitions, underdogs can thrive on that status, and use the arrogance and high expectations of the opponents against them. After Bayern’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben made some disparaging comments about Arsenal, Wenger should use his words to get the players well and truly fired up and determined to make him eat his words.
“I can understand it, the disappointment. Eight years without a trophy is a very, very long time.
“If you look to the team who won the trophies, with Henry and Bergkamp, they had a great side with Vieira and they also played nice football.
“They’re still a team you can enjoy, because every time they try to play some nice football, but I can also understand the fans because they want some trophies.”
Maybe Robben has forgotten that it was his weak penalty in extra time that effectively cost Munich the trophy last season, and he then bottled taking one in the shoot out.. Arsenal can take encouragement from the fact that Bayern were beaten by a poor Chelsea side who only managed sixth in the Premier league, while Arsenal finished third. We are also better this season, despite losing van Persie, and are more of a balanced team with goals coming from everywhere. Robben, however, prefers to harp on about his international team mate in a blatant attempt to wind up the players and the fans.
“I think in the end for the real Arsenal supporters it was a shame, it was very disappointing that he left the club. But on the other hand everyone understands his choice, that he also wants to win titles, and at Arsenal at the moment it’s going to be very difficult.”
Wenger must make sure that these words are ringing in the ears of the Arsenal players who run out on to the Emirates turf on Tuesday night. We want them to make sure that in a few weeks time, it will be Arsenal in the next round, and Robben will have a look on his face like he had after the final last year.
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