Arsenal arguably could not have drawn a harder foe in the Champions League round of 16, to be contested on Wednesday, February 19, as Arsene Wenger's side collide against the reigning champions, Bayern Munich, a team who knocked them out of this competition last season.
Bayern, though, will head to the Emirates Stadium for the first leg with a squad depleted due to a number of injuries to key personnel such as conquering Frenchman Franck Ribery and left wing deputy Xherdan Shaqiri. Arsenal, meanwhile, continue to have key performers Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott on the sidelines but rested a number of players for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Liverpool, an encounter they triumphed in, and so should be fresh for their midweek test.
However, one commentator and former professional who doubts Arsenal's chances of progressing into the quarter-finals of Europe's premier club competition is season-long detractor Michael Owen, who notoriously tipped the Gunners to finish outside of the top four this season only for Wenger to seemingly prove the ex Liverpool and Manchester United striker wrong by challenging for the Premier League title alongside Chelsea and Manchester City.
Can't see Arsenal getting past Bayern Munich— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 17, 2014
Owen also claimed that United may not secure progression in Europe themselves despite their 'easier on paper' opponents in Olympiakos.
Below, Owen alludes to the consistently underwhelming form displayed by United this season as a potential factor in the Greek side upsetting the Old Trafford outfit when the two sides meet at the Karaiskakis Stadium for the first leg on Tuesday, February 25.
You'd normally say United were certainties against Olympiakos but there are no gimmies for Moyes at present. Still fancy them to progress.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 17, 2014
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