If Pep Guardiola wanted a real challenge he would have chosen Arsenal

Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola will swan into super Bayern Munich in the summer, but if he wanted a real challenge, Arsenal would have provided it.

As the ghost of Pep Guardiola past met the template for his future tonight at the Allianz Arena there was only one winner; Bayern Munich demolished Barcelona 4-0.

Despite Barcelona's impressive home record, which saw them beat AC Milan by the same scoreline in the second round of the Champions League, it is hard to see them overturning this deficit.

For this Bayern side are resilient, their loss against Arsenal seemingly a blip, they have steamrollered all in their path this season, already Bundesliga champions.

With the Pokal Final and a likely Champions League Final to play, the possibility of an astounding treble is very much on the cards.

Pep Guardiola will take over from current boss Jupp Heynckes in the summer, but does not have the challenge he would have done a year ago had he taken over Bayern, who were then beaten to a league double by Dortmund and lost the Champions League on penalties to Chelsea.

The way Heynckes has picked up and revitalised the side has been tremendous, but there will be no miraculous turnaround required by Guardiola.

Instead of achieving success and overcoming adversity, Guardiola's next challenge is maintaining their winning streak. 

With the superb squad at their disposal, it is hard to see him failing; after all he has a track record of nothing else as a manager.

But that is exactly the point. Whatever he achieves at Bayern will prove nothing to the doubters who criticised his amazing Barcelona achievements as being within his 'comfort zone.'

Guardiola did not have to build a side at Barcelona, it was ready made for him; after all Frank Rijkaard turned their fortunes around and won the Champions League for them in 2006 after years away from European football's pinnacle.

Pep not only inherited that side, but Lionel Messi edging towards his peak. Many felt he could not fail, and the point of him leaving the club, apart from the internal politics driving him mad, was to prove a point and achieve new glory.

At Bayern he has been given another helping hand; the signing of the most exciting player in German football, Mario Gotze.

Gotze can extend Bayern's dominance, but will also weaken their main rivals Borussia Dortmund. It appears impossible for Guardiola to fail.

If he wanted a real challenge, taking on a club like Arsenal would have been the way to really impress.

The Gunners have been close but so far away from the top of the English game for far too long for their liking. The chance of restoring their once glorious days really would be a challenge, with threats from United, City, Chelsea and even rivals Spurs.

The competitive nature of the Premier League has seen Arsenal squeezed out in recent years, and fans are crying out for a change of fortunes.

Anybody who can turn it around, whether it be Guardiola, another, or even Arsene Wenger, will become a hero among supporters and have their name written in history, as the achievements will be solely their masterpiece.

Guardiola at Bayern will always know that the 'perfect side' was ready and waiting when he got there, rather than being one he created.

What do you think of Guardiola taking over Bayern this summer? Too easy a challenge for him? 

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