Wenger: We may not have taken CL games seriously

Date published: Monday 19th October 2015 1:17

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Arsene Wenger has admitted Arsenal could be accused of not “taking opponents seriously enough” in the Champions League this season.

Arsenal head into their third Champions League group game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday on the back of two defeats against lesser opposition in Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos.

As a result, the Gunners sit bottom of their Champions League group ahead of a daunting back-to-back set of fixtures against European giants Bayern, and Wenger admits his side may not have taken their first two opponents “seriously enough,” but that the same mistakes won’t be made against the Germans after promising results in the Premier League.

“We have belief and confidence we are doing something right. We could be a little bit suspected of not taking the first two games at the right level, of taking opponents seriously enough.

“Let’s take positives from our form in the league. We have played great Bayern teams – the one that won the treble. We have had good results against them.

“All the English teams have some ground to make up. The concentration of playing in the Premier League needs to be so high it takes too much energy out of us [English teams].

“We want to do well in Europe. Bayern are the best team in world. There is no team without weaknesses.”

After David Ospina inexplicably started in goal for both of Arsenal’s last two group games, it was widely reported that Petr Cech would retain his role as the starting keeper with potential qualification on the line. By pure coincidence, Wenger has revealed that Ospina is out of the Bayern game due to injury.

“Keeper David Ospina is out injured. He came back from Colombia with a shoulder problem and he’s out. Defender Gabriel is back available and everybody has recovered from Saturday.”

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