Arsenal 'Invincible' on how to beat CL opponents Bayern - 'Intimidate the enemy'

Jens Lehmann

Jens Lehmann thinks teams are too soft when it comes to getting stuck in on the Bundesliga powerhouse.

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League on the 19th February and the 11th March for a place in the final eight of European football’s elite competition.

It is deja-vu for The Gunners - as they took on Bayern at the same stage last season, losing on away goals after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

Bayern went on to swat away all competition in their wake and be crowned kings of Europe - and this year they look like they could become the first team in history to retain the Champions League in this format.

So confidence is certainly not high that this will be a walk in the park for The Gunners.

However one former player feels he knows how to beat the Bavarians.

Jens Lehmann was a charismatic character at the club - and one of the ‘Invincibles’.

In his 200 games for the club he gained a reputation for being somewhat eccentric and up for a fight - often giving opposing players the stink-eye if they came within a whisker of his personal space.

And that is how he thinks Arsenal, or anyone in that case, can beat Bayern Munich:

"Which players in the league are dirty ? Mandzukic , Rafinha and Dante. All three know where they come from. It is important to have such players in the team. At the other clubs there are not as many. Football is also a combat sport, where you have to intimidate the enemy.”

Now Arsenal do not have much of a reputation for playing ugly. They certainly have players capable of such performances - Mathieu Flamini the best exponent of such tactics.

But in general it is not something that comes naturally to the bulk of this Arsenal team.

Arsenal fans will however remember the fact they beat Bayern 2-0 in the Allianz last year. The odds are against them, and perhaps playing dirty might level things up.

But they beat them at their own game once - can they do it again?

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