WE'VE BEATEN BETTER BAYERN TEAMS BEFORE - WENGER

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The French boss says his side can take heart from

their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena in the 2012-13

season, when the Germans won the treble, but

refused to reveal their weaknesses.

Arsene Wenger insists that his Arsenal side do not

fear Bayern Munich ahead of Tuesday’s Champions

League meeting, despite the Bavarians having won

every game they have played this season.

Pep Guardiola’s men have streaked clear in the

Bundesliga title race, picking up maximum points

after nine games, and also top their Champions

League group after consecutive wins.

Arsenal’s own place in the competition is at risk

after back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb

and Olympiacos, with victory desperately needed

against Bayern, and Wenger believes his side can

take heart from previous wins over the German

champions.



“We could be suspected of not taking the first two

Champions League games seriously enough, but

that won’t be a problem against Bayern,” Wenger

told reporters. “We know we are playing against a

top side. Tomorrow everyone will be highly focused.

“We are [confident]. We’ve played great Bayern

teams before, at least as good as the one we play

tomorrow, and beaten them. The team that won the

treble, with [Franck] Ribery at full power, [Arjen]

Robben at full power, [Toni] Kroos and [Bastian]

Schweinsteiger, [Thomas] Muller.

“There is no team without weaknesses. If you

asked me to come out with them now, I wouldn’t do

it. But there are no teams without weaknesses.

“We want to defend well, attack well and score the

first goal. That is massively important in big games.

You can’t say you will score three goals in 20

minutes [as against Manchester United] because

that is absolutely crazy.”

Petr Cech will start in goal for the Gunners, with

David Ospina carrying an injury, but Wenger has no

plans to rest star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut

Ozil.

“You would be surprised if I told you that I’ll rest

them tomorrow. Unless I have a very bad sleepless

night, maybe, and got it wrong. But normally they

play,” he continued.

“These kind of medical predictions are beyond

everybody. Even with the most sophisticated

equipment doctors cannot predict the impact on the

body. But they have no specific problems so I don’t

see why they should be [rested].”


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