With a little help from a West Brom striker Werder Bremen dealt out a crushing 5-2 win at the Allianz Arena in 2008. However Borussia Dortmund did beat them 3-1 in January 2011 so there is some hope for Arsenal.
If the trip to the Allianz Arena was not already daunting enough the 3-1 lead that the Bavarian’s will take with them from their triumph at The Emirates earlier this month will make matters even worse. For Munich are currently one of Europe’s most in-form outfits; sitting well clear of the competition in the Bundesliga and their home form is exemplary.
The goals scored by Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic were slightly alleviated by Laurent Koscielny’s consolation strike; but for Arsenal to have any chance of qualifying they will still need to score three goals as a minimum.
But when was the last time Munich lost by a scoreline at the Allianz that would give The Gunners a chance of progressing; quite a while ago unfortunately.
In February 2011 Borussia Dortmund travelled to the ‘Schlauchboot’ with blood in their sights. Goals from Lucas Barrios, Nuri Sahin and former Bayern youth teamer Mats Hummels were responded by a Luiz Gustavo strike in a 3-1 triumph for Die Schwarzgelben.
Such a repeat scoreline would be enough to force extra time when the two sides meet again.
So what if Arsenal were to win in normal regulation time. Such a feat would take a three-goal victory. The last time Bayern Munich lost by three goals at their new home was on the 20th September 2008 when a Diego inspired Werder Bremen side thrashed Jurgen Klinsmann’s Bayern 5-2. In that game Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil scored one while West Brom flop Markus Rosenborg scored two vital goals.
Maybe the Arsenal players can ask him for pointers on how to topple Bayern.
Do you think Arsenal can do what Werder Bremen did in 2008?
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