Jack Wilshere is inspired by Chelsea’s journey last season in the Champions League, ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Bayern Munich.
Despite a disappointing season domestically, Chelsea won the prestigious trophy after some gruelling matches, including Barcelona, where a 2-2 draw at the Nou Camp saw them through to the final, Napoli, where they came from 3-1 down in the first leg, and Bayern Munich, who they beat on penalties in the final, at the Allianz Arena; Bayern Munich’s own ground.
The Arsenal star claims that Chelsea’s success can provide him and his team-mates with inspiration and determination to overcome one of the tournaments favourites, Bayern Munich, who are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga.
“I think that was an inspiration for everyone,” Jack told http://www.arsenal.com. “They weren’t having a good season and they got a bit lucky in some games but showed great character.
“We need to do that now. We need to come together as a team. We’ve got good leaders here. We’ve got a good team atmosphere here and I think that’s going to help us now.”
Arsenal suffered their second defeat of the season to lower league opposition, for the first time under Wenger being knocked out of both domestic cups to Bradford and on Saturday Blackburn. Wilshere is hopes the disappointment can galvanise the team for the Bayern game.
“It’s not ideal to go into a game like that after the loss [against Blackburn] but we have to show our character now,” he said. “ We’ve done it before so we know what we can do. We’ve beaten big European teams here before so we need to do that again.
“We need a good defensive display and then we need to counter them well. They’ve got a good defensive unit as well so it’s going to be an interesting game and we look forward to it.
“ We’ve got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’re winners as well. We’ve got the likes of Podolski and Arteta. Players like that are winners – they want to win.
“The fans are always great, especially in Europe. I think they love the European nights here and we need everybody behind us.”
Best of luck, Jack.