Arsenal needs goals from Ozil and Giroud to stay alive in the Champions League. Image courtesy of skysports.com
An FA Cup quarter-final victory over Everton has provided Arsenal with the belief that it can overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich and get out of jail in the UEFA Champions League. On the weekend, the Gunners beat Everton 4-1 at the Emirates, with goals to Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta, as well as a brace to Olivier Giroud.
Third in the EPL, Arsenal now faces a formidable foe in Bayern Munich, which is coming off a 6-1 away thrashing of Wolfsburg. That was the Bavarians record 16th consecutive victory in the Bundesliga and the champion German club is now 23 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, with ten games left.
Bayern Munich has not dropped a league point in five months and its only loss during that time was against Manchester City in the Champions League. Leading into that game, Pep Guardiola’s men had already qualified from the group stage in top spot and the loss meant little. The European champions did suffer a surprise loss last season at the hands of Arsène Wenger's team, apparently because of lack of motivation on the back of a 3-1 advantage from the first leg away from home.
After last month’s 2-0 loss to the German giants at the Emirates, the Gunners will again have to come from behind and take risks chasing much-needed away goals.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich is looking to become the first team to successfully retain the Champions League since Milan's 1989-90 success.
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