Defensive discipline key for Arsenal against Bayern Munich, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger In Emirates Press Conference 2

The Gunners boss has urged his side to prove they can compete with the big sides in Europe with a win in Germany.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says defensive discipline will be vital to the game against Bayern Munich.

The Gunners travel to Germany on Wednesday evening, looking to replicate their performance from the 2-0 win over them at the Emirates last time around.

That big win saw the side put in a highly accomplished defensive performance as they spent most of the game trying to contain Pep Guardiola’s side, and successfully hit them on the counter attack to secure victory.

And Wenger says that sort of defensive discipline will be vital again, but the discipline of avoiding silly yellow cards and fouls is also important.

“Defensively discipline will be vital tomorrow, of course, but I think we have players with experience at the back,” he told

“What is important for us is that we show that discipline. We don’t want to get stupid yellow cards and we don’t want to commit undue fouls. We need to manage a good balance between being committed and not giving fouls away.”

The Arsenal boss also says that their gun run of form of late should convince them that they are doing something right as a side.

Wenger’s side have been in fine form in the Premier League of late, and now find themselves joint top alongside Manchester City, with just goal difference separating the two sides.

Many still question whether they are truly good enough to compete with Europe’s top sides though, despite the win over Bayern at the Emirates, and Wenger says a performance in Germany can show they do have the quality to compete.

“We are in a period where we are doing well and that should convince the players that they’re doing something right,” he added.

“When you’re Arsenal and have won everywhere in Europe, even here, it means we will try to win the game. Are Bayern a great team? Yes, but it’s a good challenge for us as well to show that we have the quality to compete with them.”

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