Arsene Wenger gave updates on player fitness at his pre-match press conference ahead of the Bayern Munich clash tomorrow night.
Arsene Wenger’s message to his players ahead of the second leg against Bayern Munich was clear; believe and produce your best. Wenger was speaking ahead of the game tomorrow night and was in a positive mood.
“The way to win is to produce a top-level performance and turn up with quality and belief - We have done it before so we know we can do it [this time]” said the boss.
Wenger also gave a vital fitness update on his key players ahead of the game confirming that Laurent Koscielny is available but Kieran Gibbs is likely to miss out.
“We lost Gibbs (ankle). Koscielny is back in the squad. Gibbs has a chance for Sunday. Vermaelen at LB (is a good possibility).”
Wenger also took the occasion to confirm to the press that he didn't shake the hand of Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola before or after the first leg in London. The reasoning... no one seems to know, most likely frustration.
That led onto questioning about how Wenger feels ahead of the game and he replied he hopes it's a bit fairer than the first leg between the teams.
"I hope tomorrow we get a fair chance to play 11 v 11 men until the end."
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Wenger also took questions on the FA Cup clash his side have been handed against Wigan, reluctant to play to the favourites tag too much as the current cup holders have now beaten Manchester City in consecutive seasons.
"The consistency of Wigan show they can deal with the pressures of the cup. We are warned by that. I agree we are favourites but that doesn't win you games, only performances win you games."
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