Jack Wilshere says that Arsenal will learn the lessons of the last home game against Bayern Munich, and has stressed the importance of staying in the tie before the second leg away from the Emirates.
Last season the Germans took a 3-1 lead back to Munich and although the Gunners won that game 2-0 – giving the eventual competition winners a bit of a scare in the process – the away goals rule was enough to send them out of the Champions League.
This time around, Wilshere is hopeful Arsenal won’t make the same mistakes.
“We have spoken about the importance of staying in the game,” he said. “If it is 0-0 at home we still have a big chance of qualifying, because the away goal is massive, especially in this competition when it comes to these big games.
“You saw it last year when we went out on away goals. So this year we have to be a bit more intelligent and stay in the game.
“I think we were a bit nervous going into it last year. We had lost to Blackburn the weekend before and there was a lot of tension in the stadium.
“Once we calmed down a bit we took the game to them and we created chances. Their third goal was a lucky goal and that killed us a bit but this year we will be intelligent going into the game.
“First of all we will work on our defensive duties and then we will play.”
Wilshere is set to return to the side after spending the FA Cup clash with Liverpool on the bench, and he’ll anchor the midfield alongside Mathieu Flamini in the absence of the suspended Mikel Arteta.