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Collymore - I expect Bayern to thrash Arsenal over two legs

Arsenal Defend Bayern Corner

Stan Collymore isn't giving Arsenal any chance of beating Bayern Munich next week.

Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and England star Stan Collymore isn’t very hopeful for Arsenal ahead of their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

The Gunners host the German and European champions in the first leg of their last 16 tie in London next week and Collymore has voiced his worries over the current state of the Arsenal side.

The mental and physical fatigue which surrounds key players is something he’s predicting could make it a very easy night at the office for Pep Guardiola’s team.

“I am very, very concerned about the physical and mental well-being of the Arsenal Football Club - it's hard to see anything other than Bayern Munich winning both legs by two or three goals in the Champions League,” Collymore wrote on BleacherReport.

It’s not all doom and gloom for the Gunners because Arsene Wenger will back his key individuals to raise themselves for such an important game.

He also has the opportunity to rest key stars ahead of the FA Cup game against Liverpool this weekend, which should give them a little added fight heading into next Wednesday’s game.

Arsenal can draw on the experience of last season when they were put out of the competition by the German side, nearly turning things around with a superb performance and result away at the Allianz Arena.

“How things have changed since August and September. If Arsenal were taking on Bayern back then, I would have fancied Arsene Wenger’s team to at least make a game of it. Their energy levels were high, clarity of thought sharp and they had a club-record signing in Mesut Ozil to set the tone,” he added.

Writing off Arsenal is a dangerous thing to do because they are capable of beating any other side in Europe. It’s just a case of which side turns up on the evening and whether Wenger can get the most out of his key players.

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