Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Wenger: Bayern are a better team than us


Granit Xhaka, who has been suspended domestically, returns to the squad as does fit again defender Per Mertesacker. "That is why Bayern will show its true face in the Champions League".

Robben scored in both the 4-0 home semi-final rout of Barcelona and the 3-0 away victory at the Camp Nou on golden nights for the Bavarians. Perhaps with this in mind Arsène Wenger was particularly brusque with the suggestion that his team's ability to break a six-season run of instant elimination from the Champions League knockout stages might be a decisive factor in his own continued tenure as Arsenal coach.

Ancelotti reminded Wenger what success was all about when he won a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season at Chelsea, back in 201, but his sacking a year later provided evidence of the different bars for success at London's most power two clubs.

The north London side are preparing for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash at the Allianz Arena as they gear up for their showdown with the Bundesliga champions. The only time he failed to find the net in those 12 games was against Benfica last April.

Bayern Munich had previously eliminated Arsenal in the Round of 16 in the Champions League match-ups in 2005, in 2013 and in 2014.

"What I would say is Arsenal have got it in the making to be a really good counter-attacking team because you need pace and ability to be able to do it and they have got that".

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As Bayern Munich came together on a sunny but cold winter's morning on Tuesday, the walls were up around the training ground. Their star men have struggled to deliver to their usual high standards, although they obviously still posses a lot of quality.

"Thanks for reminding me of the history, but let's focus on the future", the Arsenal boss told reporters.

"I will pick the team on Wednesday morning", he said when asked if Ozil would play.

"How I feel I don't think is the most important (thing) but of course it is disappointing", he said.

"I think it will be him that makes the decision".

Robert Lewandowski headed home and Thiago Alcantara struck twice, the second a deflected strike after a half-cleared corner, all within 10 minutes before substitute Thomas Muller fired home as the wheels came off the Arsenal display.

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