Arsenal host the European champions tonight at the Emirates with Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere stating yesterday the North Londoners had learned their lessons from last year when they were undone at home to the Bavarians.
However, whilst Arsene Wenger’s side would ideally be hoping to keep a clean sheet this evening to avoid going out on away goals as they did after their impressive 2-0 win over the Bundesliga champions at the Allianz Arena last term, they should be boosted by the fact they were the last team to keep a clean sheet against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Since that 2-0 win away from home against the German giants, Arsenal’s defensive record has improved substantially in the Premier League and Champions League. Following their second leg trip to Munich last term, Arsenal went on a ten-game unbeaten run in domestic competitions for qualify for this season’s Champions League ahead of archrivals Tottenham.
Arsenal have kept no less than 24 cleans sheets in all competitions since March 13 2013 at the Allianz, including five clean sheets in the Champions League against the likes of finalists last term Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Marseille, and Fenerbahce.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich are unbeaten in the Champions League since that game on March 13 2013 and, furthermore, unbeaten in all domestic competitions in Germany under new boss Pep Guardiola.
In fact, not only were the Gunners the last team to keep a clean sheet against Bayern Munich but they were the last team to beat the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena in all competitions and have held that record for 11 months which will surely give Arsene Wenger’s side the belief they can avoid conceding this evening and go on to get a result in the second leg.
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