The North Londoners travelled to Munich on Monday ahead of their daunting task of replicating their 2-0 win 12 months ago against the eventual winners of the Champions League.
The Gunners went down 2-0 in the tie at the Emirates after goalkeeper Wojceich Szczesny was sent off for a foul on Arjen Robben.
The Gunners saw out the second half admirably with ten-men but the Bavarians proved too much to handle in front of goal over the 90 minutes. However, Gunners legend Ray Parlour believes if his old side can get an early goal on Tuesday evening, they’ll stand a fighting chance – he also suggested, if they don’t, the game may be a write off.
"It's going to be tough," said the 41-year-old dubbed the ‘Romford Pele’ in his playing days at Highbury.
"I just hope they can make a game of it. If they do score early, Bayern Munich, the last 70, 80 minutes is probably not worth watching.”
"If Arsenal can get the first goal it will put pressure on Bayern Munich,” he added.
Incidentally, Arsenal did just that 12 months ago when they beat the Bavarians 2-0 on their home turf.
Olivier Giroud scored in the seventh minute of the second leg and the North Londoners gave the eventual champions a thing or two to worry about in the dying minutes of the game when Laurent Koscielny grabbed the Gunners second in the 86th minute. However, the Frenchman’s goal came just a little too late as the home side had tired the visitors by that point and progressed through the tie to the quarter-finals.
The rest is history, as they say, but if Arsenal can find a way to repeat history by getting an early goal at the Allianz tonight, Parlour is right that it will certainly plant some seeds of doubt in the Germans’ minds and give them a scare.
Furthermore, if Arsene Wenger’s side can grab a second, it’ll be game on. If not, Arsenal fans might want to look away, as Parlour suggests.
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