Wednesday 15 Feb

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Match Preview

15 Feb 2017 Stuart S. INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage
INTERNATIONAL CLUBS: UEFA Champions League, Knockout stage

Bayern Munich

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT
15 February 2017

Arsenal FC

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Kick-off
19:45 GMT 15 February 2017

The Bayern Munich vs Arsenal match will be played on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

This is the first leg of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League Round of Sixteen. The second leg at the Emirates Stadium in London takes place on 7th March 2017.

Bayern Munich is 1st in the German Bundesliga while Arsenal is 4th in the English Premier League.

STATS

  • Arsenal has scored 2 or more goals in their last 5 Champions League games
  • Bayern has won their last 15 home matches in the Champions League
  • Bayern knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 in 2005, 2013 and 2014
  • 4 of Bayern’s 6 group matches featured +2.5 goals
  • Arsenal has lost 1 of their last 4 Champions League away games in the knockout rounds (W2, D1)

HEAD TO HEAD

Bayern has the upper hand in the head-to-head matches with 5 wins to Arsenal’s 3. 2 matches were drawn.

Last season, Bayern won 5-1 in the group stage in Munich while Arsenal won 2-0 at the Emirates. Arsenal has not lost a knockout round match in the Allianz Arena (W1, D1).

BAYERN MUNICH NEWS

Business as usual for Bayern, pulling clear at the top of the Bundesliga with 2 late goals giving them victory at Ingolstadt at the weekend. With RB Leipzig losing, ‘FC Hollywood’ is now 7 points clear at the top of the table.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men seem to have recovered their poise which slipped earlier in the season. Surprisingly, Bayern didn’t finish top of their group, losing to Atletico Madrid and crucially, in Rostov. The nature of those 2 losses gives Arsenal hope for this tie.

The week got off to a bad start for the Germans with influential midfielder Xabi Alonso limping out of training and expected to miss the match. Also ruled out are Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng. No suspensions affect Bayern for this fixture but Philipp Lahm will miss the second leg if he receives a yellow card.

Latest matches: Bayern Munich

11.02.2017 Bund FC Ingolstadt Bayern Munich 0:2 W
07.02.2017 DFB Bayern Munich VfL Wolfsburg 1:0 W
04.02.2017 Bund Bayern Munich FC Schalke 04 1:1 D
28.01.2017 Bund Werder Bremen Bayern Munich 1:2 W
20.01.2017 Bund SC Freiburg Bayern Munich 1:2 W

ARSENAL NEWS

Arsenal arrives in Munich struggling for form. The 2-0 over Hull City at the weekend stopped a run of 2 consecutive defeats but the Gunners looked vulnerable in defence against the Premier League strugglers.

Arsene Wenger is under pressure to deliver results in the Champions League with many supporters calling for his head but goes into this match with no new injury worries. Santi Cazorla is a long-term absentee and Aaron Ramsey is set to return in time for the second leg.

The Gunners have plenty of attacking options and Wenger spoke openly at the weekend about Mesut Ozil’s lack of confidence. Many supporters are open to the idea of the German international being dropped to the bench for this match, with a midfield trio of Granit Xhaka, Mohammed Elneny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain supporting a forward line of Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott.

The only definite changes will be David Ospina in goal for Petr Cech and Nacho Monreal returning at left-back having been rested at the weekend.

Arsenal’s objective is to still be in the tie at the end of the first leg. Since losing to Manchester United in the 2008/09 semi-final, they have only progressed to the quarter-final stage once. In the last 4 seasons, the Gunners have suffered decisive defeats in the first leg, making the second leg immaterial.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

11.02.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Hull City 2:0 W
04.02.2017 Prem Chelsea FC Arsenal FC 3:1 L
31.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Watford FC 1:2 L
28.01.2017 FA C Southampton FC Arsenal FC 0:5 W
22.01.2017 Prem Arsenal FC Burnley FC 2:1 W

SUMMING UP!

Bayern is overwhelming favourites to win this match but the tie is not so clear cut. If Arsenal can be level or no more than a goal down at the final whistle in the Allianz Arena, they stand a good chance of progressing to the quarter-finals.

It’s a big ‘IF’ though; their recent form hasn’t been good and they have yet to win a big away match this season against either the top 6 in the Premier League (D1, L2) or at PSG, where they drew 1-1.

Bayern has struggled for goals at home in recent games with both Schalke and Wolfsburg restricting them to one in their matches. That said, Bayern still took 4 points from the two games.

No visiting team has scored more than once at the Allianz, with Bayern keeping 8 clean sheets in 16 home matches this season. Arsenal, though, has scored in every away game bar one this season (Leicester on August 20th, 2016).

There will be goals in this one with the question being whether Arsenal can get enough!

About the author - Stuart S.

An English freelance sports writer, Stuart has written the Arsenal blog A Cultured Left Foot since 2006, as well as numerous betting previews and articles.

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