Arturo Vidal has given a clear warning to Arsenal to get ready for “the true Bayern” as their highly anticipated Champions league rematch looms large.
The Gunners put their frustrated start to this season’s Champions League campaign behind them after completing a much deserved 2-0 win against Bayern Munich at the Emirates. Goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil still keeps alive their slight hopes of qualifying for the knockout fight.
Defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos suggest Arsenal need one more positive result against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
But Chilean midfielder Vidal now insists, this time no repeat in Bavaria as he declared that Arsene Wenger’s Gunners will be going back pointless.
“We’ll show Arsenal on Wednesday the true Bayern” said Vidal while speaking to Bild.
“Our confidence is high. We will take our chances and get three points.”
Bayern were in deep shock after their 100 per cent Bundesliga record ended on Friday after they were held to an unexpected goalless draw against Frankfurt. A tough rearguard defence from the home team controlled Bayern’s lethal attack brilliantly and now goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists Arsenal may also go for a similar strategy. “Arsenal will have followed the game,” revealed the Neuer. “Maybe they will play more defensive than in the first leg”
Arsenal on the other hand are level on points with Premier League topper Manchester City following their 3-0 away victory against Swansea City last weekend.
Wenger also suggested defence will be key to withhold Bayern’s dangerous attack, “I would sign today to take a point,” admitted Wenger before adding he didn’t mean adopting any ultra-defensive approach. “To sit off Bayern, with their offensive quality, would be difficult to maintain for 90 minutes. We have to relieve the pressure whenever we can and try to score goals. That is our structure of the team, to attack. If you get our players to defend, then I do not think we will be so efficient. We have to play every time we can.”
Against Swansea Koscielny, Héctor Bellerín and Petr Cech all were excellent at the back. Mesut Özil also came into life after the break as he finished a quiet first period. But the most revelatory was Campbell’s performance. The 23-year-old youngster on his first league start for Arsenal 4 years after joining the Gunners, showed enough maturity.