Arsene Wenger says he’s expecting his side to bounce back against Dinamo Zagreb after three games without a win.
The Gunners have endured another torrid November – adhering to a rather wearisome Wenger era tradition – getting battered in Munich, dropping points against Sp*rs and losing on Saturday at West Brom.
Reflecting on his side’s collywobbles, the boss said he’s hoping his side pull their socks up and get the victory that – assuming Bayern beat Olympiacos – keeps their Champions League campaign alive into Matchday Six.
“In the last two games we have dropped points,” he told his pre-game press conference.
“We know as well that before that we won five games on the trot and you can go through a spell like that – it is how you respond to that and that is what makes your season.
“That is why it is a good test for us. It is true that we need a positive result from Bayern, but that only has an impact if we win, so let’s focus on what we can do.
“I believe that when everybody is back we have a squad to compete in both [the Premier League and Champions League]. If we go through now in the Champions League we can be very dangerous for everybody.”
On Saturday’s 2-1 loss at the Hawthorns, he added: “We came out of a game disappointed but we know we shouldn’t [have lost]. We didn’t deserve to lose this game and I believe this team is resilient, focused and ambitious and we will respond well tomorrow.”
The fact we sit six points behind Bayern and Olympiacos hasn’t tempered Per Mertesacker’s desire to qualify, despite the odds being stacked against the Gunners.
Seated alongside the boss, the BFG explained: “We want to remain in the competition for sure. It has been difficult for us due to our results and our performances but there is still a chance for us and we want to take it seriously.
“We beat one of the best teams in Europe at home so let’s put that in our minds, be confident and put in a performance.”