Arsenal have been in scintillating fashion in the league so far this season, but their form in Europe has left a lot to be desired. Losses to group minnows Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb meant that Arsene Wenger’s men had to win at home against Bayern Munich or they were out. They did win and now they need to do it all over again.
In each of the last three years only one team has gone through when two teams have six points after three games and only five teams have gone through when they’ve had three or less points from three games.
If Arsenal beat Bayern they set themselves up wonderfully for the rest of the group stage, but if they don’t they have to beat Dinamo at home and Olympiacos away while hoping that other results go their way. It’s not impossible that Bayern will slip up against one of Olympiacos or Dinamo. They lost 3-1 to BATE Borisov in 2012 after all.
Arsenal’s record in the Fatherland doesn’t make for glorious reading. 13 games and only four wins. To give Gunners fans a little bit of hope going into this one they have won on the last two trips to Germany, which included a 2-0 win over Munich in 2013.
Arsenal have proven this season that they can beat teams they’ve struggled against in the past. they’ve beaten Man United, Chelsea and of course Munich and done it not just playing the passing, expansive football, but against Munich they conceded 70 odd percent of possession and still netted twice. Impressive stuff.
Arsenal’s most popular winning margin in German is two goals with a 4-2 win against Werder Bremen in 2000 and the 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in 2013. The last two wins for the Londoners over the beer drinking capital of the world have ended 2-0 with Olivier Giroud scoring the first goal. A scorecast of 225/1 is the bet of the tournament and with the form of the Frenchman it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.