Sunday, 10 March 2013

Poldi an injury doubt for Munich -Wanyama, Higuain and Richards linked

Afternoon Gooners.

There is no time for sentiment in football and on all the big occasions like Mothering Sunday and Christmas, if the players are required to go into training, they will be asked to attend. And that's what the first team squad will be doing today.

But it's not like training takes all day. It's normally a 90 minute session. Then they can head home to spend the rest of the day with their families.

Arsene Wenger needs to get this team ready for Wednesday night's game. He has to prepare them physically and mentally for what is arguably their biggest test of character this season. If the players manage to pull this tie around into our favour it will be one of our most celebrated wins ever.

Of course it's about making the "impossible, possible" as the manager has pointed out on several occasions since the first leg. But his team have to go for it. There shouldn't be any regrets that we didn't try hard enough. If this group of players wants to achieve anything together this season it will need to come off a good performance in Munich.

Wenger told the official website:

"We’re chasing the game in a very difficult environment against a team that has no doubts at all. 
"But our mentality is to go there, not resigned, but ambitious and provoke things, not go there and think ‘we will not qualify anyway’. No, not at all. We will go to Munich and have to go there and give ourselves a chance to qualify with everybody believing we can do it. 
"We have to behave on the football pitch like a team who wants to do it. That will be the task in the preparation. How will we go into the game tactically? I haven’t decided yet. It will be with an ambitious plan, that is for sure."
Many of these players will be at the club next season. There are just two options to guaranteeing Champions League football next term. The first is to finish in the top four. The second is to win the thing. They don't come to Arsenal to play in the second tier of european football. But unless they pull out all the stops that's exactly the schedule we'll be faced with next season.

Gervinho told the official site:

"They are one of the best teams in the world with good players all over the pitch, so we are expecting a tough game, but we must remain confident. 
"We scored at Emirates Stadium against them, and you just never know, a miracle can happen. If we score an early goal it will put them under pressure. 
"We just need to keep positive and give everything we have. We all know anything can happen in football."

Only this weekend Bayern conceded twice. They won the game but they are not invincible. If we get the first goal and continue to  play our game, who knows what might happen. We need to keep things tight at the back and make sure we don't lose concentration when it comes to our pressing game. If everyone plays their part we're surely in with a chance?

There's one player who I'm sure would love to be involved but seems to be struggling through injury. Lukas Podolski played just 19 minutes in last Sunday's north London derby, but according to his twitter page he's carrying a small injury.

Elsewhere there are the usual transfer rumours for a Sunday. The Daily Star Sunday link us with a move for Celtic's 21-year-old midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan international has appeared in 27 of his side's 30 SPL games this season scoring six goals and having his name taken by the referee six times for a yellow card.

According to the Sunday People, we're fighting it out with Tottenham for the signature of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The 25-year-old has scored 16 goals in 27 appearances this season.

And finally Manchester City's Micah Richards is linked with a move to the Grove by the Sunday People. The 24-year-old has only managed four appearances this term falling behind Pablo Zabaleta in the pecking order and because of a knee injury which has kept him out of Roberto Mancini's plans.

That's it for today. Back with more tomorrow.

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