Mikel Arteta has revealed that he believes Arsenal can take a physiological advantage into their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Despite losing the first-leg 2-0 at home to the German giants, the Spaniard still harbours hopes of progressing, and told the Arsenal website: “Last year’s [win in Germany] does create more belief that the result is possible,” the vice-captain said.
“It is vital that we score a goal. Obviously [if we do] the game changes and the psychological game starts and that is where we could have an advantage."
I'm impressed that Arteta can think in a positive way. If Arsenal can get that all important first goal, it's a great pedestal to give them an advantage in the tie tonight.
Back to recalling last year and the one previous where Arsenal had bad results against Munich and Milan and then performed in the second leg. I'm hoping that the Gunners can this year bring just that little more against Bayern when kick-off beckons. The Gunners will have a tough game on their hands.
It's clear that Mikel believes the boys can deliver, everyone again is already ruling out the Gunners, and why shouldn't they? It's been another disappointing year in Europe for Arsenal, finishing second in the 'Group of Death' as it was dubbed, and having a tie stolen away from them when Wojciech Szczesny was sent off.
Arsenal could indeed go out in embarrassment against Bayern, or again they can be glorious losers, or they can magically and majestically pull it out of the proverbial bag, and beat the Bavarians again at their own back yard.
Also this match is a great opportunity for Arsenal to go on to build momentum for the three major matches against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City who of course will be asking themselves the 'ifs' and 'buts' after their disappointing loss against Wigan this weekend.
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