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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Three reasons why the Gunners have a chance


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The Gunners are in Germany tonight looking to overturn a two goal deficit, but can they do it?

Wenger's men will have to score three goals without reply at least to go through. A daunting task at the home of the European champions. But it's not within the realms of possibilities. There are three recent results which will give Wenger hope.

Arsenal bayernArsenal beat Bayern last season at the Allianz and Man City put three past them in the group stage earlier this season. Not forgetting Chelsea saw them off on penalties in the Champions League final.

Those three results will give Arsene Wenger belief that his side can overturn the odds and complete an heroic comeback.

There is hope and Arsenal are under no pressure. Everyone outside the Emirates believes they are already out so they can go there and play without any fear. The Gunners may be missing the likes of Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Gibbs and Szczesny, but there is enough quality in that side to get a result. Mesut Ozil looked rejuvenated at the weekend, while Giroud will have been boosted by his well taken goals. 

If Arsenal can keep 11 men on the pitch, take their chances when they present themselves and set up like they did in the first leg, they will pose the champions problems. 

The Germans, quite rightly, start as favourites, but could The Gunners cause one of the biggest shocks in European football?

Scoring once past Bayern is hard enough. Scoring at least three and keeping them out at the same time is damn near impossible. But football is so captivating because it can produce the unexpected. Just look at all those Burnley fans at the weekend who finally watched their side beat rivals Blackburn after 35 years of pain. The Wigan fans who went to the Etihad and ended Manchester City's Quadruple hopes. The Sheffield United and Hull City fans who are now on the brink of an FA Cup Final - potentially against Arsenal.

The Gunners have nothing to lose and everything to gain. On their day they are as good as it gets. Will tonight be one of those days?

Bayern have not had the greatest of records against English sides at the Allianz in recent seasons. Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all defeated the Germans in their own backyard. Can the Gunners keep that run going and will it be enough to seal progression to the next round?

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