When Arsenal lost to Napoli in the Champions League final Group Stage game the immediate fear was that finishing second in their Group would see them come up against perhaps the most feared team in world football right now - Bayern Munich.
They have ravaged through domestic, European and world football over the last 12 months - and have transitioned into the Pep Guardiola era with reasonable ease.
This campaign they have lost just one game in all competitions - as Borussia Dortmund beat them 4-2 in the DFL-Supercup.
That includes all friendly matches as well - meaning Munich have not tasted defeat since the 27th July.
Until a result yesterday reminded Arsenal that Munich are human - and can lose.
And they can lose badly as well.
They were blown away yesterday in a friendly game against Austrian outfit Red Bull Salzburg across the border - with the final score of 3-0 not flattering the hosts.
Both teams are currently enjoying a winter break, much to the envy of our Premier League stars, and took the opportunity to face off yesterday evening.
It was certainly a game Bayern will want to forget - and fast.
They went 3-0 down after just 43 minutes of football - as they suffered at The Red Bull Arena.
If the stuff gives you wings then one man who would have been hoping to fly out of the stadium was Javi Martinez. He was experimented in a right-back position - and simply put it did not work as he looked woefully out of place on the flank.
It is easy to dismiss this result. There were plenty of Bayern regulars who did not feature. Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were all not in the squad - and youngster Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg featured in defensive midfield.
However, this was the starting line-up … which included regulars Manuel Neuer, Dante, Jerome Boateng, David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze and more, with others coming off the bench…
First Half XI: Neuer; Martínez, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Hojbjerg, Kroos; Götze, Thiago, Shaqiri; Müller.
Second Half XI: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Hojbjerg; Müller, Thiago, Kroos, Shaqiri; Mandzukic
So, despite the fact there were some players missing - this was still a strong Bayern outfit put to the sword by an Austrian side - who finished runners-up in the Austrian Bundesliga last season.
So Arsenal should be very hopeful of pulling off a shock against their German rivals.
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