Even though the pre-season training and friendly games are mostly about gaining fitness and getting the players up to speed while getting any new transfer additions settled in, Arsenal and most other clubs would rather not lose any of their games.
Next up for the Gunners, however, is Bayern Munich, in the first of our two games to be played in China. I don’t know about you guys but I would rather not have played the German Bundesliga champions in the build up to the coming season, because they have developed a nasty habit of giving us a kicking and another one later today will do the form and confidence of the Arsenal squad no good whatsoever.
The last three times we have faced Bayern, in the Champions League of course, the Gunners have been on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline. Even though we can point to soom poor decisions by the officials you cannot hide from the fact that they have the old indian sign over Arsenal at the minute.
The Germans are not the sort to go easy on other teams either, as their last pre-season score of 9-1 against Erlangen-Bruck (me neither but they are a lower league German side apparently) will tell you. Now it would be a nice boost if Arsenal can manage a draw or even a win against a team that has punished us in recent years, but the chances are we will get another defeat and could that ruin the careful pre-season plans of the boss?