Wenger explains how Arsenal can defeat 'unbeatable' Bayern Munich

The Gunners sit rock bottom of Group F after two defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, and the Frenchman admits playing with a high tempo is the only way to beat Bayern

Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal need to play at “a huge pace” in order to stand any chance of beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Arsenal are currently bottom of Group F following defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos, while the German champions are at the top of the table with two wins.

And when asked how he plans to mastermind a victory over Pep Guardiola side, Wenger told beIN Sports: “You mean how to beat the unbeatable?

“First of all, by doing exactly what we have done against Manchester United, playing at a huge pace and by playing with the same belief and by not letting them dictate the game because Bayern likes to have the ball, they like to get you back and so we have to win the ball well and be very well-organised and to use our opportunities to go forward with the maximum pace.”

Old foes Wenger and Mourinho both winners – Cech

Petr Cech has offered a possible explanation to the ongoing feud between Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has suggested manager Arsene Wenger and his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho are regularly at odds because of similar personalities.

Wenger and Mourinho have experienced a fractious relationship on the touchline in their 15 head-to-head meetings – the Frenchman coming out on top just once at the Community Shield in August.

Mourinho has previously labelled his opposite number a “specialist in failure” and the pair also clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge last season.

Cech – who swapped the Premier League champions for Arsenal in June – suggested the pair’s winning mentalities could be a factor behind their feisty relationship.

“It’s more a question for them. But, yes, sometimes two pluses doesn’t make a plus,” he told Sport magazine.

“The similarity is that everybody wants to win. If you ask Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger if they want to win everything: yes they do.

“You can see they don’t like losing games and I think this is something you need to have in you if you want to be successful.”

Cech was the only close-season arrival at the Emirates Stadium, with many suggesting Wenger’s lack of recruitment could hinder Arsenal’s title ambitions.

However, the 33-year-old claimed Wenger – and the Frenchman’s plans for the coming seasons -were key factors in his decision to leave Chelsea after 11 trophy-laden years.

“[Wenger] introduced me to the vision the club has for the coming years, to the reason why certain things are the way they are now and how they will be next year and the year after,” he added.

“I really liked the project in the way it matches my ambition and motivations. It’s a difficult decision to go from Chelsea to Arsenal, but I believed it was the right decision because I wanted to be part of the Premier League at a club that matches my ambitions. 

“With Arsenal, that all came together. In football everything changes fast, so you need to have a clear vision and support from people at the club. Obviously the board and everyone at Arsenal believe in the manager – that’s why he’s still here.

“It’s not just for the way you are – it must be for the way you work, too. The public only see the game, they don’t see all the things that are happening behind the scenes. 

“So, sometimes, judging people only on the fraction of the time you see them working can lead to different opinions.”

Arsenal and Chelsea fined by FA after feisty encounter

The Premier League champions and FA Cup holders have been punished over an incident involving Diego Costa and Laurent Koscielny during the sides’ encounter

Chelsea and Arsenal have received fines from the Football Association (FA) following the ill-tempered clash between the teams at Stamford Bridge last month.

According to an FA statement released on Thursday, reigning Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cup holders Arsenal must pay £40,000 and £30,000 respectively and have been warned over their future conduct for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the match.

Arsenal had Gabriel and Santi Cazorla sent off in the 2-0 loss to Jose Mourinho’s team, while the hosts’ Diego Costa was later charged and suspended for three matches for his part in a flashpoint with Laurent Koscielny that took place late in the first half. 

Costa also clashed with Gabriel, who was dismissed for kicking out at the striker after a bout of verbal jousting, although the Brazilian’s own three-game ban has since been rescinded by the FA.

Watford, meanwhile, have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion late in their 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on October 3. 

The club has until 6pm (BST) next Monday to respond to the charge. 

Wenger: I doubted Cazorla would make it in England

The midfielder has shone over the past 12 months but his manager initially feared he may be too small to succeed in the Premier League

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he doubted Santi Cazorla would make it in the Premier League because of his lack of height.

The midfielder joined from Malaga in 2012 and starred last season in a central midfield role, having previously played out wide and as a No.10 in his first two seasons at the club.

Wenger told Arsenal’s official website: “You could question whether he was physically equipped to play in the tough Premier League.

“It’s true that I had that doubt but his quality was so big that I was ready to take that gamble. 

“His technical quality, his right foot, left foot, his availability, his vision and the quality of his passing made me go for it.

“I thought: ‘If there is a team in the Premier League where he has a chance to make it, it’s with us.’ That’s why I went for it.

“I think I first saw him when he was about 20 or 21. He was not a regular player but, in some games we watched, you could see he had talent.

“After that, Robert Pires moved to Villarreal and played with him. Sometimes I asked Robert: ‘Are there any good players there?’ He said to me straight away: ‘Cazorla is a fantastic player.’ So Robert was a scout for me! He at least confirmed the impression I already had about Santi.”

No Champions League lifeline for Arsenal – Dinamo victory to stand despite doping scandal

The Gunners will remain without a point from their first two matches despite Arijan Ademi testing positive for a banned substance following his side’s 2-1 win

Dinamo Zagreb will not face any points deduction despite one of their players failing a doping test in the aftermath of their Champions League win over Arsenal last month.

Arijan Ademi tested positive for a banned substance following the club’s 2-1 win in Croatia, with Arsene Wenger’s men getting their campaign off to a losing start on September 16.

However, Uefa have confirmed to Goal that the club will not lose the three points earned from the victory, revealing that they would only have been sanctioned had more than one player tested positive.

“Only in the case of more than two players from the same team having been found to have committed a doping violation in the same competition are team sanctions imposed,” they told Goal.

Zagreb followed their 2-1 win over Arsenal with a 5-0 loss to Bayern Munich, while the Gunners also tasted defeat against Olympiacos, leaving them bottom of Group F.