Uefa Champions League gets serious

While Arsenal are a pretty consistent side, they just aren't as consistent as a really top team should be; the main reason why they keep losing their way in the Premier League and Champions League.

Bayern played the remainder of the game in Arsenal's half, with Vidal, Robben and Costa all going close, and they were eventually rewarded when substitute Muller found the back of the net in the dying minutes. Again and again his side has flattered to deceive, showing enough form to raise hopes each year that it may be a title challenger, only to drop soft points and fail to perform in the biggest games.

"We are in the last 16 and finished top of the group, if you analyse his performances in every single game we are where we are because of his great performances".

"I meet Oli once a year at a golf tournament in Mallorca and last year we made some jokes about the topic, but at that time it was not a real possibility", he said.

Wenger enters this tie with the familiar chorus of trapped rage at his own consistent, but consistently moderate, standards of elite-level success.

Wenger said he was misinterpreted and assured Arsenal fans that he is "not ready" to walk away.

"I feel we have the experience", said Wenger.

Injuries to key players in midfield has stifled Arsenal's good run this season.

Wenger acknowledges his side face a "massive" challenge.

The UEFA Champions League returned with a bang Tuesday, with PSG shocking Barcelona and Benfica edging past Dortmund in the first legs of their round of 16 series. "The courage is important".

The German playmaker has gone off the boil drastically in recent months, failing to score since Arsenal beat Stoke just before Christmas. Neuer was quick to row back on the suggestion that Arsenal might be a soft touch. Bayern knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in the last 16 in both 2012-13 and 2013-14. "It honours me that there's speculation and talk about it. Pep still has my phone number but he hasn't called me".

"It is not the best moment to give you the first eleven". Displays like the one in December's 3-0 victory over RB Leipzig have been few and far between.

Hummels was also bullish about the likely reception for the visitors at a ground where Bayern like to start with an attacking swagger. Since we play the second leg at home, a goal at the Allianz Arena will be hugely vital. We don't want this factor, in fairness, but we seem to be making the most of it at least. "I think he will be on the pitch tomorrow from the first minute because he is a class player".


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