Arsenal were drawn against the current reigning champions of Europe in the last 16 round of the Champions League, the defending champions of the title Bayern Munich.
Furthermore, Arsenal exited the competition to the Bundesliga champions last term, despite their impressive 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena the Gunners went out on away goals with the tie held at 3-3 on aggregate.
They came oh so close last term but Arsenal should refrain from being disheartened by the draw, not only for the fact that they beat the champions on their own turf last term but, the Gunners have the exact same defensive record so far this term as the holders.
So far in this terms Champions League, through the group stages to this point, Arsenal have kept three clean sheets and conceded just five goals. Lo and behold, Bayern Munich also kept three clean sheets and conceded just five goals.
What’s even more striking is that they have allowed exactly the same number of shots on target on their goal – both have allowed their opposition 21 shots on target so far.
Bayern Munich conceded four goals against Manchester City across their two games, and one goal against CSKA Moscow away in the group stages and Arsenal conceded one goal away in Marseille, two at home to Borussia Dortmund, and two away in Napoli on the final group game this month.
Arsenal finished second in the group with 12 points, scoring eight goals in total having won four games and lost two. Bayern Munich topped their group with 15, they scored 17 goals in total, won five games and lost one but it must be taken into account that Arsenal were drawn into what was termed this season’s ‘group of death’ against last season’s finalists Borussia Dortmund and Napoli. Bayern Munich were drawn against Manchester City, Viktoria Pizen and CSKA Moscow.
Overall, whilst Arsenal may not be considered favourites for the tie, they can take more than a little hope into it with them given that they beat Bayern Munich once already this year and came oh-so-close to knocking them out in fact.
On top of that, Arsenal have had a tougher group undoubtedly so far this term and have a remarkably impressive and almost parallel record in the Champions League this term with the defending champions.
Defensively, there’s nothing between the two clubs whatsoever and whilst Bayern Munich clearly have the stronger attacking record, they were pitted against teams inferior to them and to Arsenal’s group stage opponents.
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