Omen for Arsenal? - Two current Gunners inflicted Bayern Munich's worst ever Allianz defeat

Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker were part of a Werder Bremen team that defeated Lukas Podolski's Bayern Munich 5-2 in 2008.

Arsenal must now wish they had finished top of their Champions’ League group - because for the second year running they must overcome the very impressive looking Bayern Munich side who romped to European glory last season.

But Arsenal will of course take heart from that turnaround performance of last term - when they beat Bayern 2-0 in the Allianz Arena.

It made Arsenal one of three teams to beat Bayern in the 2012-13 season - and arguably this Arsenal team has now come on to be a much better side than that of 12 months ago.

But not only did they beat them, but they beat them in Munich - which has become a fortress for the dominant German outfit.

The Allianz Arena has been a home sweet home for Bayern with only a few teams coming away with anything from the ground since they switched there in 2005.

When teams do they rarely dominate … but one team who did were Werder Bremen in 2008.

They inflicted a result on Bayern, then coached by Jurgen Klinsmann which remains the worse defeat the club have suffered at their new home.

Werder found themselves leading 5-0 after just 67 minutes before former Bremen player Tim Borowski found two consolation goals in a 5-2 thrashing.

It remains to this day the only time Bayern have conceded five goals at the Allianz and also the only time they have lost by three goals at the ‘Schlauchboot’.

Interestingly two of the players in that Bremen side will face off against Bayern for Arsenal in the Champions League.

Per Mertesacker was at the heart of the defence for the side that day, while tricky young midfielder Mesut Ozil pulled the strings alongside Diego in the attacking midfield area.

Ozil in particular had a superb game - setting up Markus Rosenberg and Naldo before scoring himself.

Lukas Podolski was in the Bayern team that day, but Arsenal fans will hope it is the Werder boys who channel this experience in the Champions League this season.

Here are the highlights from that game…

image: © Michael Panse

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