ARSENAL FLY OUT TO GERMANY LOOKING TO EMULATE PSG
The Arsenal stars appeared in confident mood as they jetted off to Germany on Tuesday ahead of their crunch Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Olivier Giroud, Alex Iwobi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were among the cheerful-looking players spotted at Luton Airport.
The trio made their way towards the plane taking them to Germany, where they will face their European rivals in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.
Ahead of Wednesday night’s clash, Alexis Sanchez, who scored both goals in their Premier League win over Hull at the weekend, was also pictured in Luton.
And German defender Per Mertesacker appeared delighted to be returning to his homeland as he boarded the first team’s plane.
Meanwhile, Mertesacker’s compatriot Shkodran Mustafi is confident the Emirates outfit can spring a surprise and leave the Allianz Arena with a result on WednesdaY
The Gunners have crashed out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage for the last six seasons and face another uphill battle to reach the quarter-finals this time around.
They come up against a Bayern team, five-time European Cup winners, who beat them at this stage in both 2013 and 2014.
But Mustafi says Arsenal will be no pushovers and is confident they can cause an upset should they play to their potential.
He told Sky Sports News Deutschland: ‘It’s the first time for me, but I know that Bayern have regularly knocked out Arsenal in recent years.
‘We know that Bayern will be a difficult game, but we also know that if we play to our potential we can beat Bayern.
‘Of course, Bayern is a massive team to face, but we now all about this from Premier League games against teams like Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
‘These are always big clubs with hugely talented players and games between two evenly-matched sides. The small details decide whether you win or lose.’
Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Munich the last time the two clubs met but Wenger believes his side can claim a positive result in Germany.
‘Yes, we’ve had bad experiences against them,’ Wenger told Arsenal.com. ‘But I feel that this is a good opportunity.
‘We have won there before and we play the first game away from home, so it’s important we protect the second game because I feel that to have a chance to qualify in the second leg, that will be very important.
We go there not high, but to defend well as a team.’
Both Cech and Ospina took part in training, as did the majority of Arsenal’s first-team squad.
Wenger has almost a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to Germany, with only Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla set to miss out.