Arsenal will attack Bayern Munich, warns Gabriel

The Gunners have a positive record at the Allianz Arena, having picked up a draw and a win in their last two visits, and their defender assured they will play with no fear

Gabriel Paulista has warned Bayern Munich that Arsenal will look to attack them in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

Arsene Wenger’s side responded to shock defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos with a 2-0 victory over the German champions on matchday three last month to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Arsenal have a good record at the Allianz Arena, having secured a draw and a 2-0 victory in their last two visits, although they lost both knockout ties on aggregate.

And Gabriel is determined to take confidence from those results into this week, saying after Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday:  “When we play away, we also have to have a slightly different outlook, but that doesn’t mean we will spend the whole game defending.

“We are a big team, we are Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result, but we need to attack with intelligence and make sure we don’t suffer a defeat and complicate our situation for the rest of our competition.”

“Everything is possible in football,” he added.

“We know the difficulties we are going to find. Bayern are an excellent team playing at home with the fans on their side, so it will be a big challenge.

“If we are as determined as we have been over the last few years, I believe that we can go there and get a great result.”

The Gunners are third in Group F after three games, level on points with fourth-placed Dinamo Zagreb and three points behind joint leaders Bayern and Olympiacos.

Giroud: Swansea win could play role in Bayern clash

The French striker asserted that the victory on the road in south Wales was a positive experience ahead of their meeting with the Bundesliga powerhouses


Olivier Giroud believes Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea City will play a key role in their vital Champions League trip to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Arsenal scored all three goals following the interval as Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell all found the back of the net at Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Giroud, who has been drafted back into Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up following Theo Walcott’s injury, netted his seventh goal of the campaign in the away win and was impressed by the team’s patient display.

“It was definitely a good win,” he told Arsenal’s official website.

“We needed this win before the big game on Wednesday. We started slowly but we were creating chances to score. We needed to wait until the second half to put it in and to score three goals and even more, get another clean sheet.

Swansea had won the last two meetings between the sides and France international striker Giroud believes the initial struggle to break down their opponents could prove a key experience ahead of their European challenge.

“We needed to change that [record],” he said.

“We had two difficult games against Swansea and to play here and, as I said, it was not easy in the first half but we succeeded to play our game; more in between the lines with more technique and we were efficient up front and at the back as well.

“We are really pleased with this game so hopefully we can win the second leg [against Bayern Munich] as well.”

Vidal unhappy with Eintracht's tactics

The Chile midfielder was critical of Eintracht’s approach as the Frakfurt side ended the Bavarian outfit’s 10 game winning streak in the Bundesliga at Commerzbank Arena


Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal was unhappy with Eintracht Frankfurt’s negative approach after his side were held to a 0-0 draw.

For the first time this Bundesliga season, Pep Guardiola’s side failed to win as their 10-match winning streak to start the league campaign was ended.

Vidal criticised Eintracht for what he believed were negative tactics in pushing numbers behind the ball.

“It was very hard work today. Frankfurt pulled all 11 men back to the edge of their own box. This is not football,” he said.

“That makes it almost impossible for any team to score.

“We controlled the play and we worked well together as a team. All that was missing was a goal.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the draw. We need to keep on working if we’re to hit our targets.”

Despite the draw, Bayern sit eight points clear at the top, although that lead will be cut to five if Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen on Saturday.
 

Lahm: Teams keep getting more defensive against Bayern

The Bavarians side’s winning streak in the league came to an end on Friday and the defender insists his side were helpless to score against their opponents


Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm says he was disappointed with Eintracht Frankfurt’s defensive approach in their 0-0 draw on Friday.

Bayern failed to win in the league for the first time this season after a goalless meeting at Commerzbank Arena. 

As the Bavarian side’s 10-game winning streak came to an end, full-back Lahm admitted he has been surprised by opponents’ increasingly defensive line-ups in recent weeks. 

“You don’t think it can get more defensive, and then another opponent arrives and they are.. it’s tough,” he said after making his 450th appearance for the club.

“I don’t know what formation Eintracht Frankfurt were playing today. I think 6-3-1. It was tough.”

Pep Guardiola’s men could see their lead at the top of the table cut to five points this weekend if Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Bayern Munich: Champions' perfect start comes to an end

Robert Lewandowski & Co. failed to make the difference as Pep Guardiola’s side watched their 100 percent start to the campaign come to an end in Friday’s goalless draw


Bayern Munich failed to maintain their 100 per cent start to the Bundesliga season as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.

Pep Guardiola’s men went into the meeting at the Commerzbank Arena off the back of 10 consecutive top-flight victories, but Bayern were unable to break down Armin Veh’s resilient side and keep the winning run alive.

Bayern controlled possession from the off, but, after Arturo Vidal had a header tipped over by goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky early on, they struggled to create goal-scoring opportunities.

Javi Martinez nodded wide, Douglas Costa was denied by Hradecky early in the second half and Robert Lewandowski had an effort rightly disallowed for offside late on as Frankfurt – defeated in their previous six encounters with Bayern – held firm.

The stalemate was the first time in 13 Bundesliga outings that Bayern have failed to score and could now see their lead at the summit cut to five points if Borussia Dortmund win at Werder Bremen on Saturday.

Bayern dominated possession in the opening stages, but did not test Hradecky until the 11th minute, when a great reflex save diverted Vidal’s header over.

Haris Seferovic skewed wide from 20 yards a minute later following a counter-attack, but the pace and dribbling of Costa, Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman kept Frankfurt largely penned back.

However, Lewandowski was not able to connect with a delivery from one of the wide areas until he looped a cross from Coman into Hradecky’s arms following a poor touch midway through the first half.

Veh’s side packed their defence tightly, but Marc Stendera conceded a free-kick in a dangerous area following a foul on Costa on the half-hour mark. Robben’s subsequent delivery was flicked on by the head of Martinez, but the ball dropped narrowly wide.

Bayern continued to struggle to create openings, but Frankfurt’s stern resistance was almost broken within 10 seconds of the restart.

A slip from Carlos Zambrano put Costa one-on-one with Hradecky, but the keeper came out on top with another great save, this time from an outstretched leg.

In a bid to add more ingenuity to his side, Guardiola introduced Thomas Muller in place of Rafinha in the 51st minute.

Within three minutes, though, Frankfurt had two chances to break the deadlock.

Alexander Meier nudged wide following a corner before Stendera was unable to capitalise on a poor attempted clearance from Manuel Neuer, with the keeper parrying his scuffed volley aside.

Lewandowski remained in the hunt for a goal, but wasted a great chance to secure the three points for Bayern when he skewed wide from the edge of the area after latching onto Robben’s pass over the top of the defence.

Robben was then booked for simulation inside the Frankfurt box five minutes from time, displaying Bayern’s desperation and frustration.

Lewandowski thought he had won it for Bayern in the 89th minute when he stabbed beyond Hradecky after superbly controlling an aerial pass, only to see the offside flag correctly raised by the official on the far side as Guardiola’s men had to settle for the point.