Arsenal are on a much needed win to keep their qualification chances alive when they take on Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium on 20th October 2015 at 20:45 GMT.
The Gunners have surprisingly tasted defeated in their opening two matches in the group; 2-1 by Dinamo Zagreb away and 3-2 by Olympiakos at home. With zero points from 2 matches, jolted at rock bottom in the table Arsenal may have to win this match.
Bayern Munich on the other hand are top of their game this season and have just established a new Bundesliga record after earning full points from their first nine league games, scoring 29 goals in the process and conceding four.
Head to Head – Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Arsenal and Bayern Munich had met in the round of 16 of the Champions League in 2013/14 season and 2012/13 season and on both occasions the Bavarians had knocked out the Gunners on the basis of aggregate score.
Bayern had won 2 of the 4 ties, while their last meeting ended in a tie. Arsenal’s last win against Bayern came in the second leg of the knock out tie in 2013/14 season. Interestingly, Arsenal have tasted defeated while playing at home on both occasions.
Form Guide – Arsenal vs Bayern Munich
Arsenal won 4 out of their last 5 matches in all competitions. Their 3-0 Premier League win against Manchester United before the international break which was followed by the win against Watford by the same score this. This will give them enormous confidence to go into this crucial tie. They have scored 15 goals in their last 5 matches conceding 6 and have kept a clean sheet in the last 2 matches.
Bayern Munich are on a 12 winning streak in all competitions since their penalty shootout loss to Wolfsburg in 2nd August 2015. Some of their win margins are really intimidating and their last 5 matches produced 19 goals, and have only conceded twice.
Arsenal – Predicted Line-up
Olivier Giroud is available for selection after serving his suspension, but Theo Walcott is expected to keep his place in the starting eleven at the pivot of the attack.
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are the absentees for Arsene Wenger due to injury.
Bayern Munich – Predicted Lineup
Pep Guardiola will be without Mario Gotze, who was picked up an injury during the international break with the German national squad. Lewandowski is declared fit to play and will start for the Bavarians.
Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mehdi Benatia are unavailable due to injury.
It is an extreme pressure situation for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal and not even a draw will do it for them considering they are playing at home and their next match in the group is away to Bayern Munich. Their key players – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are in fine form since the last few matches, and Wenger must need them to be on the top of their game when facing a team of Bayern’s stature.
Bayern Munich on the other hand are on a dream run and their star striker Lewandowski is in lethal touch, while the likes of Thomas Muller and Douglas Costa are real match winner.
Comparing the two teams on paper along with the head to head stats and pre-match form, Bayern Munich look like easy winners unless Arsenal pull off something special to ensure their survival in Group F of Champions League.