ARSENAL ARE UNDER BIG PRESSURE - MULLER
The Gunners have to produce against Bayern
Munich after losing their first two Champions
League games to Dinamo Zagreb and
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller says
Arsenal should consider themselves under
"enormous pressure" ahead of Tuesday's
Champions League clash at the Emirates
Arsene Wenger's side are bottom of Group F
after shock defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and
Olympiacos and must aim for a positive result
against the 2013 European champions to keep
their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds
Muller says the pressure is firmly on the home
side after Bayern won their opening two games
but denied any suggestion that the Bundesliga
leaders can expect a comfortable win.
"Arsenal are under enormous pressure ahead of
the game but you can't talk about a clear
favourite. It's certainly a game I'm looking
forward to," he said.
"We won the last two games here, and I scored
in both games. Tomorrow I will go on the pitch
and remember good memories of playing here.
We're all excited, but it'll be no walk in the park!
"Both teams play an attacking game. In the end
I hope it's a good game, but a better one for
Midfielder Xabi Alonso expressed shock at
Arsenal's Champions League form and
described "great respect" for manager Arsene
"Of course we're a bit surprised, but even
though they have zero points, they're still a
good team. We're well prepared," said the
former Real Madrid man.
"Winning the Champions League is one of our
big aims, but [the final in] Milan is still far away
and we have to take it step by step.
"Wenger is very important for the club, he's
been an important footballing personality. I have
great respect for him."
Wenger has already stressed his side will hold
no fear of Robert Lewandowski, despite the
Poland international having scored 22 goals in
just 16 games so far this season in a
remarkable run of personal form.
While he has praised his efforts in front of goal,
Alonso says he values Lewandowksi's
defensive work for Pep Guardiola's side just as
"He's in incredible form, he's a great team
player who also helps out at the back. That's
important for a midfielder. He's certainly one of
our key players," he said.
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