Arsenal will host Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, and manager Arsene Wenger has ridden out periods of turbulence in what is certain to be eight successive trophyless seasons of domestic disappointment.
Wenger could leave the club at the end of the summer after Arsenal were dumped out of the FA Cup by second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
The Frenchman has called on his side to stand up and be counted when they face the runaway Bundesliga leaders in a last 16 first-leg tie, reports futaa.com.
“It is a good opportunity to show that we have character and are men who can fight for each other. That is all you can do,” Wenger said.
“You take a distance in terms of what people say and show how strong and good you are in the next game.
“If we feel sorry for ourselves we would be completely wrong. We have a massive game on Tuesday night and we have to show that we need some response in the team.”
Arsenal were booed off after the home fifth round-defeat by Blackburn, completing a Cup exit double at the hands of lower league opposition after a shock League Cup quarter-final loss to fourth-tier Bradford.
Out of contention in the Premier League and with only a Champions League place to play for, Wenger needs a big performance against Bayern to quieten the doubters.