Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas predicts Arsenal versus Bayern Munich

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Arsenal face Bayern Munich in a must-win Champions League clash at the Emirates.

Former player Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to beat Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s must-win Champions League encounter, Sky Sports report.

The Gunners head into their clash with the Bundesliga champions needing victory to have any real chance of qualification, having lost both opening games to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos.

Bayern Munich currently boast a 100% record of nine wins from nine in the Bundesliga and they trounced Zagreb in their last meeting at the Allianz Arena, illustrating the challenge ahead for Arsenal.

Writing in his blog for Sky Sports, however, Nicholas feels the Germans have some weaknesses in defence and backs Arsene Wenger’s side to pull off a 2-1 victory.

“Bayern have won every game in the Bundesliga, averaging three goals a game, we know that, but anyone that watches them, which I do quite a bit, will know that you can get at them,” Nicholas said.

“Bayern will want to play an open game of football and look to Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller to pick them off, but that will suit Arsenal with the way they are playing right now, especially with Theo Walcott's pace and movement.”

“It's a must-win situation for Arsenal, I don't think a draw is good enough, but I do believe they can get the three points.”

A game which will suit Arsenal?

Arsenal struggled when chasing the game in their previous encounters with Zagreb and Olympiakos, yet they are as dangerous as anybody when they instead are the ones playing on the counter.

Manchester United were first-hand witnesses to their counterattacking brilliance two weeks ago, the Gunners blitzing their rivals and scoring three goals in the opening 19 minutes.

With Bayern looking to dominate possession and wrestle control of the midfield, Arsenal would be wise to drop deep and exploit the space in behind through the likes of Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez.

The first goal in any game is crucial but arguably even more so at the Emirates, as whoever breaks the deadlock will set the tone for the match and be red hot favourites to go on and win the contest.

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