Friday, February 15, 2013

''ARSENAL CAN WIN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IF WE WIN BAYERN MUNICH'' WENGER'

Nothing to lose: Wenger is optimistic heading into the tie

Manager Arsene Wenger have insisted that Arsenal could have the confidence to go on and win the Champions League if they can knock out German giants Bayern Munich in the last 16

The Gunners host Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup tomorrow, just a few days before the first leg of their European clash against Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.
Bayern were runners-up to Chelsea last season and are currently 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, having not lost since October 28. They have returned from the winter break with four straight league wins.

Wenger feels should his men come through such a challenge, then just like Chelsea, confidence would grow of a first European Cup triumph.

'We have a big game on Tuesday against Bayern. If we get past them, then why should we not go further and win it?' Wenger said this morning.

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'It looks at the start that (winning) the FA Cup is more reachable than any other competition, but you don't really know how difficult it will be.

'If you compare it to the Premier League certainly, we have more chances to do it because we are too far away in the Premier League.'

Despite the obvious draw of next week's prestigious European fixture, Wenger maintains his side will be fully focused to see off the challenge of Blackburn and secure safe passage into the quarter-finals of the world's oldest knockout competition.

'The FA Cup is an important target for us. We always take it very seriously, we're on a good run and we want to continue the run,' said Wenger, whose side have closed back up on the Barclays Premier League top four after back-to-back victories.

'We are the favourites, they're the outsiders, and have nothing to lose.
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'However, if you look at who is in the squad, many of their players have Premier League experience, that is why they are dangerous.'

Arsenal have fitness concerns over England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who went off at Sunderland last week as a precaution over a thigh problem.

Wenger said: 'I will not take a risk. [That is because of] the rest of the season in mind and what happened to him before.'


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