Last season, Chelsea became the first club from London to win the Champions League after managing to lift the competition against all the odds. Arsenal have been the only other team to have come extremely close when they reached the final of this competition in 2006. The Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has said that there is no reason why Arsenal cannot take inspiration from the success Chelsea had last season and defy all the odds to win this tournament for the first time in their history. Arsenal have been left with only the Champions league as the trophy that they can win this season.

The club has not managed to lift a single trophy in the last eight seasons, and the pressure on the manager Arsene Wenger was compounded after the shock defeat at the hands of Championship club Blackburn in the FA Cup during the weekend. Arsenal will be playing against the last season’s Champions League finalists Bayern Munich in the last 16 round of the competition. Once again Arsenal come into the match as the underdogs due to the strength in depth of the Germans. Despite being the underdogs, Wilshere is confident that Arsenal can do a Chelsea this season. Arsenal rested a number of high profile players for the match against Blackburn.

“Chelsea are an inspiration for everyone. They weren’t having a good season and, okay, they got a bit lucky in some games. But they showed great character and we need to do that. We need to come together as a team. We have good leaders here, a good team atmosphere. That will help us. We have a good bunch of lads in the dressing room. They’re winners as well, the likes of Lukas Podolski and Mikel Arteta. They want to win,” said Wilshere ahead of the match.

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