November 24, 2017

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal

Bayern Munich are on the verge of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals yet again should they get past Arsenal in their second leg today.  Germany’s league leaders go into the game with a 3-1 aggregate score from the first leg and have reached the quarters in three of their last four seasons.  Arsenal meanwhile will have it all to do, needing three unanswered goals to go through themselves after exiting at this stage in the two previous seasons.

Background and Team News

Bayern’s home record is extremely impressive. In the last five season in the league, they’ve only lost 8 of 85 games and are unbeaten at home against English teams in their last four home matches, excluding the Champions League final against Chelsea in May.  They will be without some key players with Bastian Schweinsteiger  and Jerome Boateng suspended and Franck Ribery injured.

Arsenal will be without arguably their most influential player in Jack Wilshere who is out with an ankle injury. After their 3-1 loss at hom in the reverse fixture, Wenger’s team have it all to do.  There have been two instances in the history of the competition though where teams overturned home defeats and progressed, Ajax Amsterdam in 1995/96 against Panathinaikos and Inter Milan in 2010/11 against none other than Bayern Munich at this very stage.

Match Stats, powered by Power Table Sports

Bayern Munich

  • Bayern Munich have won 100% of home games in Europe this season.
  • Bayern Munich have scored in 100% and conceded in 100% of home games in Europe this season.
  • 100% of Bayern Munich home games in Europe this season have produced over 2.5 goals.
Top Goal Scorer Thomas Muller 4 0.57
Most Assists Philip Lahm 4 0.66
Clean Sheets Manuel Neuer 2 0.14

Arsenal

  • Arsenal have won 33% and lost 33% of away games in Europe this season.
  • Arsenal have scored in 100% and conceded in 100% of away games in Europe this season.
  • 100% of Arsenal away games in Europe this season have produced over 2.5 goals.
Top Goal Scorer Lukas Podolski 4 0.66
Most Assists Olivier Giroud 4 0.66
Clean Sheets Wojciech Szczesny 1 0.33

 What the coaches say

Jupp Heynckes (uefa.com)

We had a very good day against Arsenal [in the first leg]: the first half was excellent, the second quite good. But Arsenal are still Arsenal. For many years they have played great football. I remember [last season] Arsenal lost the first leg 4-0 to Milan but then won 3-0 at home, nearly scoring a fourth goal.

Arsène Wenger is always full of ideas; it is always difficult and dangerous against his teams. We have to remain vigilant, even if we won the first game 3-1. Success came to Arsenal when Arsène Wenger arrived. For many years they played the best football in England, if not always the most successful. But you can see how many top-class players Arsenal have sold over the last few years.

Arsene Wenger (uefa.com)

It is a big blow that Wilshere will miss the next three to four weeks. It is a difficult task, but we know it is not impossible. The only way to succeed is to play as well as we can. We will give our best and football is football – anything is possible. We need a good mixture of determination and discipline.

We have a lot of experience and we’ve won everywhere in Europe before, so we have the right to still believe in ourselves and show our qualities. I hope we will surprise everybody. Yes, we have some injured players, but we still have many good players and there is no team without weaknesses. Of course, I won’t tell you Bayern’s, but every side has its weaknesses. It will be a test tomorrow, a test of our mental qualities.

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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