Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand: Bayern Munich display will strike fear into Arsenal

Rio Ferdinand has stated Bayern Munich’s 5-0 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb will strike fear into Arsenal when their Champions League campaign resumes.

Bayern continued their free-scoring form when they entertained the Croatian side at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Robert Lewandowski took his personal tally to eight goals in a week with a superb hat-trick, and Pep Guardiola’s men are now top of Group F with maximum points from their opening two games in Europe’s premier competition.

In stark contrast, Arsene Wenger’s men have started disastrously on the continent, and their bitterly disappointing 3-2 reverse to Olympiakos on Tuesday sees them bottom of the group with zero points, following the loss to Zagreb on Matchday One.

Arsenal now have back-to-back games against Bayern on October 20 and November 4, and ex-Manchester United star Ferdinand believes that the fixture list looks ominous for the Gunners.

Speaking as an analyst for BT Sport, Ferdinand said: "It doesn't get any easier for Arsenal when you see how Bayern Munich are playing, it's like a computer game.

“You've got guys there who are pulling out the tricks and then the number nine (Lewandowski) who is who is just pure confidence at the moment.

"It's going to be a very very tough ask once again for Arsenal to get out of this group.”

Wenger’s side slipped to a dismal defeat to Greek champions Olympiakos, and the Frenchman was roundly criticised for his decision to opt for David Ospina above Petr Cech in goal at the Emirates.

The Colombian goalkeeper was at fault as he netted an own goal that crept over the line five minutes before the break.

Arsenal can get back to winning ways when they entertain Premier League leaders Manchester United on Sunday.

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