Arsenal fans must have been watching with trepidation when the Champions League draws were made in December. The English giants have crumbled to the German opposition in recent years, but should be looking at progressing past the Carlo Ancelotti tutored side as the Bavarians are no longer the force of nature they were under Pep Guardiola and previously, Jupp Heynckes.
The Germans are on top of the Bundesliga with LeoVegas providing great odds as expected, but have not been spectacular, though they are a different beast in the Champions League under Carlo Ancelotti, who alongisde Bob Paisley, is the only manager to have won the competition thrice.
Bayern these days allow their opponents time on the ball, relying on moments of quality from Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski. Arsenal though have a fragile defence, but going forward, they could cause real damage to Manuel Neuer’s goal.
The likes of Iwobi, Sanchez and Walcott could cause damage to any defence in world football when they are up for it, but the recent form of Mesut Ozil is a cause of worry to Arsene Wenger. The 28-year-old German is in the final 18 months of his current deal at the Emirates, and is being targeted by Bayern, so he could raise his performances to attract the attention of the German giants.
The midfield battle will be fascinating. Alex Chamberlain was brilliant in the 2-0 win at home to Hull over the weekend, but Granit Xhaka is back after missing recent matches due to a domestic ban. Xabi Alonso limped out of training on Monday, but Ancelotti can count on the likes of Vidal and Thiago to orchestrate things from deep.