Hugely positive news for Arsenal concerning Bayern and Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben

Arsenal face Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockout stages later this month in the most daunting of match-ups.

Arsenal's German duo Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker have already made clear they will hold no fear facing the top team in their homeland in Bayern Munich.

But most aren't giving Arsenal much hope against an imperious Bayern side who are 12 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga this season.

They haven't lost a game since October, against Leverkusen, and have scored 10 goals in their last three games, conceding just two.

In fact their stingy defence has only been breached three times in the past 10 games.

The biggest dangerpoint for Arsenal though was perceived to be on the wing, with proven world-class winger Arjen Robben expected to enjoy a field day against Andre Santos, with Kieran Gibbs injured and Nacho Monreal cup-tied.

But hold fire, don't panic just yet - there is hugely positive news coming out of Germany regarding Arjen Robben which may cheer Arsenal fans up a bit more.

Arjen Robben is currently spending his time twiddling his thumbs on the bench, after a succession of injuries.

The Dutchman has made just six starts this season for Bayern - and is yet to score a single goal or provide a single assist in the Bundesliga, with one of each in the Champions League to his name.

Now his troubles are beginning to create headlines in Germany, with former Bayern captain and ex-German international midfielder Steffen Effenberg claiming he should be sold at the end of the season, and he looks glum on the bench and is said to be showing signs of unrest.

Robben has played a combined 36 minutes in 2013 so far, coming off the bench in the 3-0 win over Mainz in the 76th minute when the game was already won - But he was hardly effective, he touched the ball just six times.

So while it's too soon to write him off just yet, it's fair to say the 29-year-old is not the phenomenon of a year ago, when he racked up an incredible 19 goals and 10 assists.

The problem for Arsenal is - Bayern are like a multiple headed hydra. You cut off one threat, another two pop up. Robben's place on the wing by German star Thomas Muller, and Swiss wonderkid Xherdan Shaqiri.

Positive news about Robben... but not so those two, especially Muller - the German has scored 14 goals and provided 8 assists this season already.

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