Posted on December 28, 2016 by ADMIN

Can Arsenal advance past Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich” (CC BY 2.0) by wonker

Arsenal haven’t exactly had much luck in the Champions League in recent years so it came as little surprise to see the Gunners drawn with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in the last-16 stage in December’s draw. Arsene Wenger’s men pipped Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in the group stage but were ‘rewarded’ with a tricky double header against Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Despite finishing at the top of their Champions League group for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, the Gunners were struck by bad luck in the last-16 draw. Bayern, who finished second behind Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in their group, are one of the strongest clubs in European football and Arsenal will need to be at their brilliant best to stand any chance of earning a shock victory over the Bundesliga champions.

Incredibly, this will be the fourth time that both sides have faced each other in the last five years and Arsenal’s record during that timeframe is uninspiring to say the least. Wenger’s side have won just two of their six clashes with Bayern since the beginning of 2013 and they have been knocked out by the German side on both occasions. The Bundesliga side romped to victory in their most recent encounter, netting five goals in their group stage demolition in October 2015.

However, Arsenal should take plenty of confidence from their impressive effort in the 2012-13 campaign. After losing the home leg by three goals to one, Wenger’s team were on the brink of elimination. However, the Gunners went to the Allianz Arena and produced a phenomenal performance to secure a 2-0 victory. Had Arsenal managed to keep Bayern at bay in the opening leg, they would have reached the next round of the competition.

Bayern are one of Europe’s elite sides but Arsenal are playing at a very high level right now and the Gunners could cause problems for Ancelotti’s men. The German champions are involved in a genuine battle with RB Leipzig for the Bundesliga crown and that could play into Arsenal’s hands if Bayern are pushed ahead of their trip to the Emirates Stadium. Whilst Wenger must respect Munich and their talent, he cannot afford to sit back and play for a draw at home – Arsenal need to go for the jugular.

As of December 23rd, Arsenal are involved in a title race of their own and many fans will be backing Wenger to focus on the domestic game rather than risk no silverware at all. The Gunners, priced at 6/1 to win the title with, are nine points behind Chelsea but the Blues could suffer in the second half of the campaign. Arsenal do have the strength in depth to juggle their Premier League and European commitments but when push comes to shove, the title may be a more realistic objective. But remember when Arsenal are on the top of their game we know they are unbeatable. Remember this one….

Gunners exceeded expectations by topping the group and nobody will bat an eyelid if they are eliminated by Bayern Munich. Carlo Ancelotti’s men aren’t the dominant force that they were under Pep Guardiola but they are still one of the best teams on the planet and Arsenal will need everything to go their way in order to stand any chance of victory. But football is a funny old game and a surprise success could follow if Wenger plays his cards right..

16 thoughts on “Can Arsenal advance past Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

  1. Uzi Ozil

    If we play well as a team, get a good result At Allianz Arena, change our mentality against big teams, stay focus and do well at the Emirates as it is a two leg affair then we can stun them..

    However, if a dull Arsenal shows up then we won’t knock them out as simple as that..

  2. Dee@ease

    It’s a resounding NO,whatever the delusional just arsenal fans think we have NO chance of beating Bayern over 2 legs,winning the champions league is for serious teams with ambition like Real,Barca,Atletico,Bayern etc.

    1. Dennis10Bergkamp

      Take your negativism somewhere else.
      Have some faith, Bayern are struggling for real this season.

      1. RSH

        no they’re not. Because they lost to Rostov and have minor competition for the first time in years in their league? (and they beat their title challengers 3-0). And a struggling Bayern are still superior to any mentally weak team (us).

        1. Admin Post author

          Okay everyone don’t bother going to watch the Bayern game because this expert above has predicted a loss so that must be true right?

  3. DennisTheMenace

    Can we beat them in a one-off game? Yes
    Can we beat them over two legs? Probably not
    But then again football is a game of glorious uncertainties

  4. kelleson

    Beating Bayern is not as difficult as people take it to be. I see Arsenal beating them if Wenger can work on the psychological state of the players. If we want to beat Bayern we should avoid starting players like Giroud and Ramsey. Our front three must be pacey ie Walcott, Sanchez, Lucas/ Welbeck. And with Coqueline and Xhaka in the middle of the field we can defeat them. And not scared of Bayern but Wenger.

    1. RSH

      we beat West Brom and we’re back to being arrogant, lmao. Bayern are easy to beat? And in a 2 legged tie?? 10 times harder.

      1. soccerboy

        Yes West Brom was difficult, but Bayern is not going to park the bus. They are not going to put 10 men behind the ball. So, I will yes we can beat Bayern. We will find pockets of space to operate on. Be optimistic mr. man!

  5. ThirdManJW

    Arsenal have been awful against the big teams this season, and I can’t see it changing against Bayern. Wenger is really bad at managing a two legged tie, usually throwing it away in the first leg. The only difference this time is that we’re at home for the second leg. Then again that was the case against Milan, but Wenger made such a hash of the first leg, leaving us an impossible job in the return fixture. Hopefully Bould will talk for once, and remind Wenger that it isn’t a one off game.

  6. jermaineBryan

    Bayern have allot to worry about there weaknesses as a team are avoiding offside and stopping opponents from creating in Sanchez/Walcott and Ozil we have what they fare the most.

    Our biggest worry will be there wing play wich is devastating. Welbeck would make a good wide player in this type of game as he is good defensively

  7. Onochie

    When we couldn’t beat Monaco that’s when we all knew we couldn’t beat any opponent in the last -16. We need to build momentum till when we face Bayern,and wenger needs to start motivating his team

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