Arsene Wenger looking for Arsenal to put in 'big' display against Bayern Munich
Last Updated: March 13, 2013 6:59pm
Arsene Wenger is looking for his Arsenal side to put in a 'big game' against Bayern Munich and reignite their season.
The Gunners are in danger of seeing their 2012/13 campaign fizzle out, with their UEFA Champions League ambitions hanging by a thread and a five-point gap currently separating them from the top four in the Premier League.
Wenger concedes that his troops need to find a spark from somewhere, and he hopes one will arrive at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday when Arsenal will endeavour to keep their European dreams alive by overturning a 3-1 deficit in the second leg of their last-16 showdown with Bayern.
"I am convinced that if this team can find a big game, with a big win, you will see a completely different animal. This season we have fought to find that in the big games and we have another opportunity tomorrow night and I hope the team takes this chance," he said.
"I am convinced that if this team can find a big game, with a big win, you will see a completely different animal."
"I have a great respect for this team and its attitude and they have not been rewarded yet. It is important for the end to our season that we do it tomorrow."
Arsenal will travel to Germany without their regular number one, with Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny having been left out of their squad.
Wenger, who will also be forced to cope without the services of the injured Jack Wilshere in midweek, insists his decision to overlook Szczesny is based on the need to give certain personnel a much-needed break, rather than a dip in form.
"He has played many games since the start of the season and recently I felt that mentally it affected him, that is why I have decided to rest him," he added.
"(He has been affected) by the number of games he has played. It is his second season only in the Premier League and he has played many games.
"I am always confident before the game that the guy who plays is ready. The players who start our games have no excuse of not being fit or ready. If I decide to play them it is because they are ready."
Wenger said: "It is a big blow for us, of course, but he was out for 17 months and we had to deal with it, so three weeks compared to that is something that we can deal with."
The Gunners boss maintains this evening's showdown must all be about what his own side can produce and not just down to whether Jupp Heynckes' well-drilled outfit have a rare off day.
"It is difficult to speculate on any weakness in Bayern. The only way we can do is to focus on Bayern being at their best," he said.
"The fact they dominate their championship so much gives everybody a bit more mental strength and the whole team a bit more charisma, the doubt is not there at all.
"But for us the target will be to get some doubt in their minds and that can only come with a quality game."