Mertesacker, back then without his comrade Ozil, beat Bayern Munich away 2-0 but fell short as they lost in London at Emirates Stadium losing 1-3 to let the Bavarian team go through on away goals.
Despite the loss it was an encouraging performance by Arsene Wenger’s side considering the run Bayern Munich had and still have. It doesn’t have to be the same result this year though
Sure Bayern Munich won the treble and got even better with signing Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara - each being healthy again. But the Gunners are better as well, obviously with the huge addition of Mesut Ozil.
So there is reason to hope. To underline that theory here are five stats that prove Bayern Munich may be fallible.
1) Bayern Munich recorded 292 shots on the goal in this season, German tabloid Bild revealed. That might be impressive but with this high number Pep Guardiola men made just 41 goals (without the one own goal) – only one goal per seven shots, pretty inefficient.
2) These 41 goals fit a formula. 67% of 292 shots on the goal came from the middle and 61% from the 6-yard-box. Add to that that Guardiola’s side is very weak in aerial duels. 54% of all aerial duels were won and it seems to be that a good deal these were won by Mario Mandzukic, whose playing time is declining.
3) Arsenal’s upcoming rival rarely scores a long distance goal. Helpful to know when Mertesacker is about to defend an attack.
1 - Mario Götze's 8th competitive goal for Bayern Munich is the 1st he scored from outside the box. Distance.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) 17. Dezember 2013
4) Guardiola’s dislike of long balls doesn’t stop in front of the goal. The Catalan manager is famous for the so called “tiki-taka” playing style. That means in reverse that his side won’t play a long pass often. Furthermore they just recorded 21 crosses thus far.
5) Most is said about Munich’s high scoring offence led by Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery winning 0-7 away against Werder Bremen in Bundesliga for example or crushing Viktoria Plzen 5-0 in Champions League. But against average or good teams they have conceded goals. In both games against Manchester City but also against Hamburger SV, Hertha Berlin, Mainz 05 and Bayer Leverkusen was that the case. All opponents scored at least one goal. In this group of good teams only Borussia Dortmund wasn’t able to score, but did bag four against them in the Super Cup back in August.
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