Crunch relegation tie in doubt
Olivier Giroud reckons scoring early is the key to Arsenal’s
faint chances of coming back from the dead against Bayern Munich on
The France striker came off the bench in the first leg of the
Champions League last-16 tie, missing a decent chance to make it
2-2 before Bayern ran out 3-1 winners.
That result leaves Arsenal needing to score at least three times
at the Allianz Arena, and Giroud is not about to abandon hope.
“We need to score an early goal,” he said. “In football you
never know. We need to believe and stay focused, but we need to
correct our bad defensive behaviour as well.
“I like to play against German teams because they are attacking
all the time. There I get myself more possibilities to score. It
will be an interesting game, for sure.”
Arsenal are in danger of missing out on Europe’s elite
competition next season for the first time since 1997 and go into
their final 10 Premier League games five points off fourth
Giroud said: “Of course we still want make it into the Champions
League spots. We are confident, even though we recently lost the
derby against Tottenham.”
The playing surface was covered over the weekend but a sharp
drop in temperatures meant the protective sheets were penetrated by
Snow fell in the region on Monday afternoon with a night below
freezing in store once more.
Both sides find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of a
potentially vital clash.
Managerless Latics, under the caretaker charge of youth-team
coach Tony Philliskirk, lie fourth bottom – two points from safety
and four ahead of Pools with two games in hand following their run
to the fifth round of the FA Cup.