Arsene Wenger insists his beleaguered Arsenal side should dream the impossible dream ahead of Wednesday’s second-leg Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Needing to score three goals at the Allianz Arena following a 3-1 humbling at the Emirates, the Gunners are rank outsiders to qualify for the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, despite the fact Jupp Heyncke’s side have only lost once in the Bundesliga all season, the boss insists he’ll send his squad out with an ambitious plan in the aim of overturning the deficit.
“We’re chasing the game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all,” the manager told Arsenal Player.
“But our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things, not go there and think ‘we will not qualify anyway’. No, not at all. We will go to Munich and have to go there and give ourselves a chance to qualify with everybody believing we can do it.
“We have to behave on the football pitch like a team who wants to do it. That will be the task in the preparation. How will we go into the game tactically? I haven’t decided yet. It will be with an ambitious plan, that is for sure.”
“There have been a few wins in the Champions League that we are all very proud of,” continued the boss, reflecting on last season’s 3-0 win over AC Milan.
“We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich as well. Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try to achieve it.”
Such positivity from the boss has been reflected by Gervinho who has emphasised that with 90 minutes remaining, the tie is only at half-time.
Perhaps influenced by the manner in which he and his teammates have so often gifted opponents a head-start in games the Ivorian stated:
“This is a completely new match. We are only at half time in this tie, and we must go there with belief. The players will go and give absolutely everything. We have to believe in our talents.
“Personally, I still believe we can make it, I know it will be difficult, but I still believe in us. We are going through a tough period at the moment, but there is still a really good spirit with this group of players. Just because we lost the first match at Emirates Stadium, we will not give up.”
Well you can’t fault the spirit…now let’s all enjoy some Andy Williams.