Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved to beat Everton in the FA Cup on Saturday, telling reporters that the result will inspire his side ahead of their midweek trip to Bayern Munich.
The Gunners won 4-1 to secure a Wembley semi-final date, prompting Wenger to insist that his side have a chance of overturning the 2-0 first leg deficit when they travel to Munich on Tuesday.
“It was important of course for us to win today to put us on a psychological front in a good mind and we can be inspired by our focus, by our desire and go to Bayern with the same spirit,” opened the Frenchman.
“The statistics go against us at Bayern but let’s make sure the performance goes for us, then we have a chance.”
As well as the psychological impact of the Everton win, Arsenal can also take heart from last season’s fixture in Munich, which they won 2-0. The same score would lead to extra time, suggesting that Wenger’s claim that the Gunners “have a chance” may not be that farfetched.
He continued by talking about the club’s chances in the FA Cup, which the Gunners could win without leaving London having been handed a string of home ties before the competition moves to Wembley for the semi-final stage.
“We have had a good draw in the fact that every game has been it at home but we played,” the long-serving boss continued.
“On the other hand, some difficult opponents – Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton. That shows you we have taken this competition seriously.”
Arsenal are 12 points better off than they were this time last season.