Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s European encounter at the Allianz Arena

Arsenal certainly face a mammoth task to progress when they line up against the European champions on Tuesday night but they will be reinvigorated having secured an FA Cup semi-final spot thanks to a controlled and disciplined performance against Everton at the weekend. With Wigan conquering Manchester City, the Gunners are now heavy favourites to secure their first major trophy in nine years – providing everyone at Emirates Stadium with a timely confidence boost.

Mesut Ozil looked back to his early-season best against The Toffees, and Arsene Wenger will need his record-summer signing firing on all cylinders if his side are to overcome Pep Guardiola’s German juggernaut that is steam-rolling their way to yet another league crown. After his crucial penalty miss in the first leg, the 25-year-old Turkish-born playmaker never really recovered and has since been rested by Wenger in the league, but his superb finish and equally as good assist for teammate Olivier Giroud on Saturday has given everyone in the red half of north London renewed belief of an upset in Munich.

A repeat of last season’s impressive second-leg performance would see the Gunners force extra-time at least, but their defensive unit – which has been the base of their success this season – will need to be on their guard if they’re to stop the attacking riches that the German champions possess. Since bringing an end to his year-long sabbatical to take charge of Jupp Heynckes’ treble-winning record breakers, Guardiola has overseen an unbeaten campaign in the league that will undoubtedly end with a second consecutive Bundesliga crown – they’re a staggering 23 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

However, becoming the first team to ever defend the Champions League should be their number one priority and they have so far proven they have the desire and determination as well as an abundance of quality that makes European glory yet again a very realistic possibility. Arsenal will simply have to put on their best-ever display in the competition if they’re to progress to a first quarter-final since 2010.

KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

2014: Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich (Kroos, Muller)

2013: Bayern Munich 0-2 Arsenal (Giroud, Koscielny)

2013: Arsenal (Podolski) 1-3 Bayern Munich (Kroos, Muller, Mandzukic)

STATS…

  • Bayern Munich set a Bundesliga record this weekend when they beat Wolfsburg 6-1. It was their 16 straight win in the German league
  • The German champions haven’t lost in the league for 16 months, a run of 49 matches
  • Arsenal have met Bayern seven times in the Champions League, winning two, drawing one and losing four of them
  • However, they won on their last visit to Munich – securing their first win over the Germans away from home
  • Munich have not lost at home domestically since October 2012, but they lost their last encounter on home soil to English opposition when Manchester City came from two behind to win 3-2 in this year’s group stage

ODDS…

Bayern to win: 1.33

Arsenal to win: 10.5

Draw: 6.2

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Last season’s 2-0 triumph at the Allianz Arena may have signalled the end of Arsenal’s Champions League hopes for another season but the result and performance provided Arsene Wenger’s men with the impetus to kick on in the league and finish above bitter rivals Tottenham. Olivier Giroud gave the visitors the perfect start when he slotted home after just three minutes, but the German’s refused to panic and were relatively untroubled until Laurent Koscielny’s 85-minute header set up a grandstand finish. Sadly it wasn’t to be for the Gunners, but memories of that gutsy display will stand them in good stead for this week’s tie.

READ MORE: 10 reasons for Arsenal to be optimistic of progress
Wenger pleads for 'fair chance' from referee
Important Ozil gives Arsenal boost
Flamini questions character of recent Arsenal sides
Hoeness tax fraud only cloud on Bayern horizon
If Bayern score early, it's 'probably not worth watching'
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confident Arsenal can overturn two-goal deficit
Arjen Robben claims tie is not over

TV: Tuesday 7.45pm, ITV

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most