The saying that anything is possible in football may hold sway for Arsene Wenger and his men as they travel to Germany to face Champions League favourite Bayern Munich next Tuesday.
Arsenal’s form in the Premier League is completely ironical to their story in the Champions League – they are two points adrift of League leaders Manchester City and are second on the log but surprisingly, they have amassed no points in the Champions League, losing to Dynamo Zagreb and Olympiacos.
However, they will be facing a very familiar opponent next Tuesday and they have a chance to create a life line for qualification. In 2013/14 season, Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich in the Champions League at Alianz Arena and for the Gunners, they are capable of holding their own when it is least expected.
Meanwhile, we examine five reasons Arsenal could defeat Bayern Munich
Arsenal’s style is hinged on ball retention where they have most of the possession and create more chances. The Gunners have scored six goals in their last two games. If they take the chances they will definitely create, they will pull a shocker at Allianz Arena.
Sanchez & Coquelin
Alexis Sanchez is arguably one of the most in-formed forwards in the world at the moment. Arsenal’s man of the moment has scored 10 goals in his last five games for club and country. He will definitely be a handful to the defence of Bayern that are yet to be tested.
At Arsenal also, is the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League Francis Coquelin. He will help thicken the midfield for Arsenal and absorb what offensive the German outfit may want to offer.
Part of the undoing for Arsenal’s defence is the speed of Mertesacker, the return of Gabriel in time from illness is cheering news for Arsenal.
His partnership with defensive stalwart Koscielny guarantees solidity in the defence line of Arsenal. It may a barren spell for Lewandowsky and they will neutralise his threats.
As stated earlier, Arsenal have won their last two matches with clean sheets and scoring two. They are currently revelling in the ambience of a winning streak that has bolstered their moral. It will be difficult for Bayern Munich to break them.
The Gunners have beaten Bayern at Allianz Arena. It isn’t an unfamiliar terrain for the Gunners who even have a better away record this season than playing at home.