Wenger says his players must believe they can achieve something against Bayern.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits the odds are against his team ahead of their trip to Munich, but he has stressed that his players must believe in their ability ahead of the clash with Bayern.
The Gunners trail the German giants 3-1 after their first-leg defeat at the Emirates, and have a huge task ahead at the Allianz Arena.
The Bundesliga leaders survived a scare on Saturday in their 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, and are not fancied by many to surrender such a commanding lead against Wenger’s men.
However, while the French tactician has admitted it will be difficult in Germany, he says his player must not travel with the mindset of already being eliminated from the competition.
“We’re chasing a game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all,” he told Arsenal Player.
“But our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things, not go there and think ‘we will not qualify anyway’. No, not at all.
“We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich. Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try and achieve it,” he concluded.
Wenger has had memorable moments and comebacks in Europe before, with the 63-year-old pointing to last year’s game against AC Milan as an example.
While the 3-0 win at home wasn’t enough to turnaround their four goal thumping at San Siro in the first leg, Wenger drew inspiration from that performance to suggest what his team are capable.
However, with Bayern cantering to yet another Bundesliga title, they will be fully focused on extending their European journey on Wednesday night.