16 point improvement - Comparing Arsenal before and after 3-1 Bayern defeat

We look at how Arsenal have improved their results since they lost to Bayern Munich exactly a year ago today.

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League this evening - exactly one year to the day since Bayern last travelled to London and put The Gunners to the sword in an excellent performance of brutal efficiency.

But as Jack Wilshere and Arsene Wenger point out - a lot has changed in 12 months.

They went into that game off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup - a massive shock and a terrible performance. Confidence was at an all-time low and they went into the game with a defeatist attitude - and the rest was as predictable as it was painful.

But since then they have looked a far better team - no Premier League side earned more points than Arsenal in the 2013 calendar year.

So how does the 12 month form leading into this game compare to that leading into the one 12 months ago.

In the 12 months leading up to the 3-1 defeat Arsenal played 56 games across all competitions.

Of those 56 games they suffered defeat in 13 of them. Perhaps more worryingly was some of the teams they were beaten by.

Going out on penalties to Bradford City, losing to Blackburn as well as the likes of QPR and Norwich as well as Wigan and Schalke at home - the defeats against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are understandable but these were games they should have been winning comfortably.

They also drew 13 games across all competitions - meaning in a 56 game league they would have accumulated 103 points.

In the year since they lost to Bayern things have dramatically improved. They have played just the 53 games in that time, losing on just eight occasions. Once again the amount of draws matches the losses - eight again.

But there is no shame in the teams they have lost to over the past year. Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Napoli, Manchester United and a rampant Liverpool and Manchester City did the number on them - perhaps the only real blemish was a home defeat to Aston Villa.

If this was a 53 game league they would have earned 119 points - a whole 16 points more than the year previous in three less games.

So Bayern should definitely be wary tonight.

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