Gabriel: Arsenal must attack BayernGabriel ready to go against Bayern
Gabriel Paulista has called for Arsenal to attack Bayern Munich when they travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger’s side secured a somewhat surprising 2-0 victory over the Bundesliga champions in the reverse fixture with Bayern having not lost a game since the German Super Cup penalty defeat to VfL Wolfsburg.
The North Londoners need to produce a similar performance to two weeks ago if they are to keep their slim hopes of Champions League progression alive.
The Gunners have picked up only three points from three games in Group F which included defeats to both Dynamo Zagreb and at home to Olympiakos and Gabriel is adamant his teammates must impose their attacking and dynamic game to their opponents if they are to claim a positive but also imperative result.
“We are a big team, we are Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result.” He said.
“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.”
Despite the tall order, Arsenal boast a good record against Bayern away from home, having secured a draw and a 2-0 win their last two visits to Munich and The 24 year old Brazilian believes his team has what it takes to earn the points they require to progress to the knock-out stage yet again.
“Everything is possible in football.
“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.”
After biding his time after his move from Villarreal in January 2015 Gabriel has developed a heroes status at Arsenal this season, which has been amplified by his altercation with Diego Costa in September during Chelsea’s 2-0 win over The Gunners as well his striking commitment and passion which has been on show in recent matches especially after his goal-saving tackle to deny Romelu Lukaku in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory two weeks ago.
As Per Mertesacker has come in for the Brazilian in the last two games, manager Arsene Wenger may well revert back to Gabriel against Bayern as he looks to his speed and athleticism against the precocious talents of the German side.