Football fans and teenage girls will be settling down tonight for, what they see, as an incredible evening of entertainment. But as the adolescents are salivating over the lads from One Direction we’ll be oggling Bayern Munich’s silky skills, admiring the impeccable state of Mikel Arteta’s hair and drooling over Olivier Giroud’s chiseled jaw.
There’s no debate about which you should be watching tonight, but to incorporate some of the cringe-worthy pop awards into the game tonight, here are our award nominations.
Best British Male: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
The Ox returned from injury and January and looks like he is finally hitting top form. He bagged both goals in the 2-0 win against Palace two weeks ago and got the opening goal and put one on a plate for Lukas Podolski in the victory against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has had a say in four of Arsenal’s last five goals and has a 29 per cent conversion rate at the Emirates in the League. Tonight he comes up against Bayern captain Philip Lahm and the Ox is 18/1 to score first and 6/1 to find the onion bag at anytime.
Best International Male: Mario Mandzukic
Pep Guardiola positively hates big target men and frequently waxes lyrical about tiny flair players and ‘false number nines’. Luckily however the 6ft 2in Croatian striker has let his goals do the talking.
Mandzukic has 12 goals in just 19 league appearances and two goals and an assist in three Champions League matches. If Arjen Robben decides to pass rather than blaze wildly over the bar, Mandzukic is a tempting 4/1 to open the scoring.
Critic’s Choice: Mesut Ozil
We’re not even sure if this is a real award to be honest and we definitely don’t know much about the winner Sam Smith (*SPOILER*). Luckily it gives us a chance to mention Mesut Ozil who is set to face plenty of his German team-mates this evening.
The play-maker looked a touch leggy a few weeks ago – unsurprisingly as he has already played 45 hours of football this year without much of a break and has a host of massive fixtures to come (plus a World Cup). However he has five goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances this season and Pep Guardiola has said if Bayern are to win they need to ‘control him’. It is 16/1 for Ozil to score anytime in an Arsenal victory.
Best International Group: Bayern Munich
Feast your eyes on this lot…
- Unbeaten in 16 away games in all competitions. They’ve kept a clean sheet in 10 of those games
- The last time they failed to score in a Champions League away game was February 2012 – 13 games ago
- Since losing to Arsenal at this stage of the competition last season, Munich have won 46 matches, drawn three and lost just twice
Suck on that Arcade Fire.
Best Music Video:
This one should get you in the mood…