Following Arsenal’s thumping by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last Wednesday, Pep Guardiola has assured Arsenal and teeming supporters that they will replicate similar performance against them in their next Champions League games.
Arsenal’s hope of qualification has now being revived by Guardiola but a draw for Bayern against Olympiacos would have ended the Gunners ambition of qualification. Arsenal have not failed to qualify from the group stage since 03/04 season.
When quizzed how Bayern will play in other matches to make Arsenal qualify, Guardiola said:
“You make this question to a coach and a club then you have to know it is impossible to not try and win the game.
“Arsenal fans need to be calm. The players are going to go and try to win against Olympiakos, we might not be able to do that but not because we weren’t fighting but we want to be first in the group.”
For Bayern Munich, a draw in their next game will give a pass to the next round. Which means the Bavarians don’t need to win their remaining matches.
However, Arsenal destiny is now in their hands – for the Gunners to qualify, they will have to win their remaining two matches. Arsenal currently sits in fourth position on the Premier league log and a qualification for them will greatly boost their confidence.
Meanwhile, they will be playing Tottenham this weekend in a North London derby. The Gunners will be looking to bounce back from the Champions League defeat.