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Preview: Bayern Munich Vs Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stages

  • Preview: Bayern Munich Vs Arsenal - UEFA Champions League Group Stages

Arsenal are back in Champions League action with their European fate in their own hands as they face a daunting trip to Allianz Arena hoping to repeat their 2-0 win over Bayern Munich back at The Emirates Stadium when the Gunners' strategy to defend deep worked wonders. 

For once, Arsenal did get their tactics right that night. They never panicked and sat deep in their halves (while going forward whenever the opportunity was sensed) even though Bayern Munich were consistently pressing high (which they'll repeat), and attacking with no fear at all. When the pressure was soaked up, in came Olivier Giroud and his physical presence in the box and near it did make a massive difference against some tired bodies. 

Will they or will they not be able to repeat the cohesion, the compactness and the focus they displayed that day remains to be seen, but what already is clear is the fact that it's going to even tougher this time around with Hector Bellerin - one of the chief architects of Arsenal's recent success, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott missing out because of injuries.

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Arsene Wenger does have suitable replacements but the pace of Walcott up front would surely be missed. Ramsey had been in top form lately and he could have caused some real trouble as well, so could Chamberlain. Bellerin's injury, in particular, is an enormous setback considering how crucial he was both to the defence and the attack. 

Nonetheless, Arsene Wenger's side still stand a great chance to win this encounter, and be level on points with Bayern Munich, hence boosting their chances of qualifying further. Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, and Petr Cech etc. are all in some serious form and that seems enough to beat Pep's Bayern, given they play as they have in the recent times. Could it be that they do it again? Tough call. 

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"Recently, every week was absolutely important and we have done well," Arsene Wenger said. "I think it's more to continue to develop as a team and to focus to win every single game. We've done that until now.

"We had difficult weeks before. We have done well so that should give us belief. We have another big game tomorrow so let's just go game by game and focus on that.

"I don't want to take anything away from Bayern. They are doing extremely well, they are playing well. I think it's a good opportunity for us to show that we've moved forward and are up to the test we face tomorrow. We have shown that in the first game.

"We have an opportunity to show it again tomorrow and what you want is 100 per cent commitment from the players in an intelligent way. Football is football, you cannot absolutely predict everything and that’s why it's great."

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