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Mikel Arteta confident Arsenal can make history against Bayern Munich

Mikel Arteta is confident that his team can make history against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that a victory over Bayern Munich and securing a spot in the Champions League semi-finals would have a transformative impact on the club. 

The Gunners, aiming to advance to the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years, face a daunting challenge given their historical struggles against Bayern Munich in knockout ties.

Arsenal have never progressed past Bayern Munich in such encounters, having suffered defeats in their last two visits to the Allianz Arena, both ending in 5-1 losses. However, Arteta remains optimistic about his team’s prospects, emphasising the opportunity to rewrite their narrative in the second leg of the quarter-final after a 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium last week.


When asked about the significance of reaching the semi-finals, Arteta responded affirmatively, stating, “Absolutely. It would be unbelievable.” He highlighted the emotional significance of achieving such a milestone after a prolonged absence and emphasized the importance of a strong collective and individual performance to earn progression.

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“If we make it happen tomorrow and we’re in the semi final, we’ll be in a really high emotional state with something that we haven’t achieved in 15 years and that’s the opportunity.

“There are lots of things we can do to write our story very differently tomorrow, we know that and it is going to be about putting in a very, very strong performance collectively and individually to earn the right to be in the semi-final.”

Despite coming off a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa, which saw them relinquish their top spot in the Premier League to Manchester City, Arteta remains unfazed. He dismissed the impact of the recent loss on their upcoming Champions League fixture, urging his team to refocus and concentrate on the task at hand.

“Throw the game away,” Arteta remarked, “because regardless of that result, it is going to have no impact on what’s going to happen tomorrow.” He emphasised the need to rebuild confidence and focus on delivering a performance capable of overcoming Bayern Munich and advancing in the tournament.

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