Arsenal have faced some tough games this season. Some have been lost to underdogs, whilst others have been lost to teams who have simply out-played them. The defeat to Bayern Munich in their Champions League clash has proven to be one of those games. But whilst Bayern Munich have won the battle, the war is not yet over.
Despite being 3-1 down to the German giants, Arsenal still have a glimmer of hope that they can fight through and knock Bayern out. It does seem like the impossible. Bayern are 20 points clear in the Bundesliga and have conceded only 10 goals in the league.
But things could be going in Arsenal’s favour. Bastin Schweinsteiger, Jerome Boateng and Franck Ribery have all been ruled out for the return leg and Arjen Robben is a doubt too. This is something Arsenal could take advantage off. These four players are some of the best at Bayern Munich and represent a big loss to the team sheet.
Arsenal on the other hand, seem to be determined to give it their all, despite this massive deficit they face. Arsene Wenger has expressed that he believes his side could turn things around and still stand a small chance of victory. Wenger recently said:
“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.”
These are words spoken by a struggling manger, but if Arsenal manage to pull off a massive come-back in the Champions League this season it is certain Wenger’s words of encouragement would have played their part in the victory.
Bayern have also conceded two goals against a mediocre German side recently at home, so if this is achievable, surely an ambitious Arsenal side could achieve a similar result.
The Gunners will need three goals at least to stand a chance, which is a difficult task to accomplish. However, Arsenal managed to shock many pundits after they put up a fight that saw them push AC Milan to the limits in a similar Champions League fixture before narrowly going out 4-3 on aggregate.
Whilst the second leg result was not enough to see Arsenal advance to the next round of the Champions League, you could see the aspiration, determination and desire the side put into the game.
This made the defeat seem more bearable for the fans and they left the game with their heads held high, knowing they gave it their all. Similarly, if Arsenal apply this pre-match ambition to the Bayern fixture, the fans may not necessarily witness a come-back, but they will at least see their side fighting to the last minute of the match.
The players and the manger seem to be building confidence and belief, that they can still make something of this game, and a win is not yet off the cards.
Bayern are a tough side but any injuries or suspensions to their squad is enough for Arsenal to start believing. Determination and belief is the right way to go if you want any hope of making the impossible, possible.
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