Englishman hints at defensive approach for Arsenal…
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, set to start this evening against Bayern Munich, has hinted that his side will deploy a cautious approach against the Champions League holders, the Mirror reports.
Last season Arsenal and Bayern met each other in the last 16, and the Gunners fell to a 3-1 first leg defeat at the Emirates.
“This year we’ll be intelligent going into the game,” Wilshere promised, who watched Bayern dominate the early stages of last season’s match with their crisp passing.
“First of all we’ll work on our defensive duty and then we’ll play.”
“We’ve spoken about the importance of staying in the game. If it’s 0-0 at home we’ve still got a big chance to qualify,” continued the 21-year-old.
“The away goal is massive in this competition.”
The comments indicate that the Gunners may well be focussing on staying in the game before the second leg, and making sure they don’t concede an away goal to Pep Guardiola’s brilliant side.
This may be easier said than done, as Bayern have scored at least one (and normally quite a few more) goal in every single match they’ve played this season…
If Arsenal are to complete the match with a clean sheet, centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny will have to enjoy near perfect performances, as will goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.