Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller says that Arsenal are under ‘huge pressure’ to get a result tomorrow night, having lost their opening two games of the Champions League season.
Defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos mean that the Gunners really have to win against the German champions if they are to have any realistic hope of qualification, and Muller is hoping to take advantage of the extra weight on their shoulders.
“Arsenal are under huge pressure ahead of the game”, he said. “It’s certainly a game I’m looking forward to.
“We won the last two games here, and I scored in both games. Tomorrow I will go on the pitch and remember good memories of playing here. We’re all excited, but it’ll be no walk in the park!
“Both teams play an attacking game. In the end I hope it’s a good game, but a better one for us.”
Bayern know that Arsenal will look to start strongly, as they did against Man Utd two weeks ago, so coach Pep Guardiola’s plan is to dampen the atmosphere by denying possession to Arsene Wenger’s team.
“I read what Arsenal players said today about being aggressive in the first 10 minutes,” he said. “To push us, press us, and use the atmosphere.
“The best way to calm that atmosphere is to have the ball.”
And the Spaniard believes that Arsenal have the upper hand despite his team’s record so far this season.
“They have an advantage, because they have to win. When you have these kind of players at this club, with this history, you want to make the best performance possible.
“I cannot expect a team that doesn’t fight for 90 minutes. You have to look for another way to compete against this kind of situation, and we have to be so intelligent and control our game.
“I know we can’t control 90 minutes here in London, we have to be ready to defend. We want the ball, they want the ball, the team that in the end has more of the ball will be closest to winning the game.”