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Arsenal have temperament and resolve to thwart Bayern Munich

03 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Arsenal have temperament and resolve to thwart Bayern Munich

A defeat for Arsene Wenger's side against the Bundesliga winners would put the Gunners on the verge of an early Champions League exit

If the 11th best team in the Bundesliga can nick a point off Bayern Munich, then Arsenal are capable of doing so, too.

Bayern drew 0-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday – ending their run of 10 consecutive wins in the Bundesliga – and the home side demonstrated how inferior teams should play against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Defend deep with every player behind the ball, surrender most of the possession and arrest the space in between the lines.

Arsene Wenger is being pragmatic, confirming after the 3-0 win at Swansea at the weekend that he would take a draw in Wednesday’s crucial Champions League Group F encounter.

Too right.

Because even though a defeat would not knock the Gunners out of the competition just yet, it would certainly put them on the verge.

Achieve a point or better, however, and his side remain in contention to reach the last 16.

Wenger also expressed his view that merely stifling the German champions is not sustainable for 90 minutes.

Fortunately for the Frenchman, his team – unlike Frankfurt – have the quality to score on the counter-attack.

Bayern’s – or should that be Guardiola’s – insistence on playing out from the back may give Arsenal opportunities, so the explosiveness of Alexis Sanchez will be crucial.

Despite not scoring in his three games, the Chilean will be the visitors’ most vital player and is 3/1 to score at any time.

In attack, Oliver Giroud is certain to start in the absence of Theo Walcott, whose speed will be missed.

Giroud is in fine form, though, scoring six times in his last six appearances for both the Gunners and France.

And having netted the opener in the corresponding fixture two weeks ago, the 29-year-old is 9/1 to score at any time in a win in for the away side.

Arsenal, who are 6/1 to achieve an unlikely win and 4/1 to claim a valuable point, will be emboldened by that 2-0 victory at the Emirates, which remains Bayern’s only defeat of the season.

Their record at the Allianz Arena, meanwhile, is impressive.

The Gunners have not lost on their last two visits to the stadium, drawing 1-1 in a last-16 tie in 2013/14 and winning 2-0 at the same stage the season before.

Significantly, though, the English club exited the competition on both occasions after suffering 2-0 and 3-1 losses in London respectively.

And while Bayern dropped their first points of the campaign on the road, their home form is imperious.

Guardiola’s side have won seven out of seven in Bavaria – scoring 29 times in the process – and are 2/5 to make that eight on Wednesday.

Robert Lewandowski has not scored in his last two matches – a relative drought for a striker who has 23 goals in 20 appearances for club and country this season.

The Poland captain is 4/1 to score first in a Bayern win.

And then there is Thomas Muller, who has 18 goals in 20 competitive matches this season.

The World Cup winner is 7/2 to notch the game’s opening goal, while the fit-again Arjen Robben is 11/10 to net at any time.

It is improbable that a forward line as talented as Bayern’s will be thwarted for a second successive fixture.

That Arsenal are considered able to attain the necessary result, though, emphasises how significantly the temperament and resolve of Wenger’s side has improved in recent months.

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