Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Champions League 1st knockout round 1st leg – Tuesday 19 February 7:45pm – Live on ITV
Arsenal have to brush off the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat in the FA Cup to Championship side Blackburn Rovers as they take on German giants Bayern Munich in the 1st leg of their Champions League tie.
Under-pressure Arsene Wenger made a few changes for the Blackburn game which have been widely criticised in the media. Now they are out of the FA Cup, and too far away to challenge Manchester United for the Premier League, this is their last chance to salvage some silverware for the first time in eight years.
It looks a daunting proposition for them. Bayern are flying in the Bundesliga, a massive 15 points clear at the top ahead of nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund. They have won their last five matches without conceding a goal in the process and can afford to take half an eye off their league form to concentrate their efforts on Champions League progress.
All the signs are pointing towards a Bayern triumph, but football is a “funny old game”. But the odds are certainly stacked favourably towards the Bavarians.
With the first leg being held at the Emirates Stadium, you’d have to think that Arsenal must take a lead with them over to Germany for the second leg.
They do possess some quality players who can undoubtedly do some damage to Bayern. The likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in midfield can open up defences, and Theo Walcott’s pace will cause threat to many a defence so they do have weapons.
They’ll have to be on top form, but if they get the crowd behind them and perform as well as they can do, there’s no reason why they can’t establish a lead to defend in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.