Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good Result Tonight Will Show We're Improving, Says Wenger

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good Result Tonight Will Show We're Improving, Says Wenger

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ARSENE Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to show that they are moving forward as a team by completing a Champions League double over Bayern Munich.

Having lost their two opening Group F games, the Gunners still face a challenge to make the latter stages of the competition despite an impressive victory over top seeds Bayern a fortnight ago.

A Capital One Cup defeat to Shef-field Wednesday aside, Wenger's side are now on a good run of form and are only being kept off the top of the Barclays Premier League due to Manchester City's superior goal difference.

Another famous win at the Allianz Arena tonight would put Arsenal into a better position to reach the knockout stages and Wenger wants to see his players prove they have blossomed into a team who can challenge for the top honours.

"I don't want to take anything away from Bayern, they are playing extremely well," he said.

"But I think it is a good opportunity for us to show that we are moving forward, that we are up to the test we face.

"We have shown that in the first game. What you want is 100 per cent commitment from your players in an intelligent way.

"What we want is a similar performance what we did against them, we have done well here and we just want to do what it takes to make a positive result.

"We have done that before, it is the challenge for us. We know what we want to do so let's concentrate on doing what we want to do."

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola reckons Arsenal will adapt a long-ball policy, lumping the ball towards Olivier Giroud as they look for a breakthrough.

Giroud has scored in Arsenal's last two wins over Bayern - including an early effort in their 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena in 2013.

The Gunners have not lost on either of their last two trips here as they drew in the round of 16 the following season, although went out on aggregate on both occasions. …

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