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Wenger: Arsenal has no choice but to “attack” Bayern in UCL

Germany Soccer Champions League

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, left, and Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara challenge for the ball during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and FC Arsenal in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Matthias Schrader

There’s good news for neutrals: Arsenal is going to have to match Bayern Munich tit-for-tat on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League.

Any thought of playing defensive against the German power went out the window when the Gunners lost their first two Group F matches at Dinamo Zagreb and home to Olympiakos.

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So, assuming selection, players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla will be matching their talents against the likes of Arturo Vidal and Franck Ribery.

From Sky Sports:

“The confidence level is there, the required result is there as well, because we know exactly what is needed - a 0-0 is not even a good result. To score goals, we have to attack.

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“We feel a bit that the pain inflicted [in Europe] was a bit by ourselves, maybe subconsciously we thought, ‘Anyway we will win these’. Now to correct that we need a great performance.”


Arjen Robben is not yet ready for a return, so that’s good news for the Gunners. Now how to deal with, well, everyone else, as Bayern boasts 5-0 and 3-0 wins over the same opponents as Arsenal.

Get your proverbial popcorn ready (and your actual popcorn, if you’re a kernel fan).

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