Manuel Neuer has urged Arsenal’s players not to count their chickens ahead of tonight’s crucial Champions League fixtures.
Arsene Wenger’s men need to beat Dinamo Zagreb at The Emirates this evening and hope that Bayern defeat Olympiakos in the Allianz Arena to have any hope of qualifying for the knock-out stages.
Should the Bundesliga champions fail to win then Arsenal will be eliminated at the group stages for the first time since 1999.
But the man who is arguably the world’s best goalkeeper insists that whilst his team are targeting victory, it is not for the sake of the Premier League side.
He said via The Evening Standard: “We know how much our game means to the Arsenal players.
“And we will do all we can to win, but not because it would help Arsenal we want to win.”
Pep Guardiola’s men have lost just once since August – ironically their defeat to Arsenal in north London – and Neuer expects their run to continue in the Champions League.
The goalie added: “Our self-confidence is high but we still want to get better.
“We’re not going lift our feet up – and you can see that right through our team.”