Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League

  • Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League

Tuesday's clash with Bayern Munich serves as nothing more than an exhibition for the Gunners, who will be playing for nothing more than pride as their chances of overturning the 5-1 deficit seems nearly impossible.

But they will have to do it without the playmaker who is still recovering from an illness.

Arsenal find themselves 5-1 down from the first leg, in what was the nadir of a dismal spell that saw Alexis Sanchez dropped for Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool after a bust-up, although Arsene Wenger denied this.

'We want to change the situation. No team has overturned a 4-0 loss in the first leg. It's about performance - I have to perform and the players have to perform. In the 2003-04 season, when he was coach of AC Milan, his team took a 4-1 lead over Deportivo La Coruna in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal - played at home. This was reflected in their game against Liverpool on the weekend and I think that this might continue midweek as things like this are not solved so easily.

"I think it's up to us to show a different face tomorrow".

Bayern beat Arsenal 5-1 in the first leg of the series in Munich.

As Arsenal commit more men forward, Xhaka will become more and more exposed in his holding midfield role and could well find himself in some hard situations where "taking one for the team" becomes a necessity.

CARLO ANCELOTTI is still haunted by the memory of two of the worst collapses in Champions League history.

"I couldn't have scripted two better games for the build-up to PSG".

While the two-legged format will always give hope to a side losing the away leg 3-1, it is the opposition which means that away goal seems less relevant than might otherwise have been the case.

It's wonderful that a huge club like Arsenal are stuck in this trend for the past ten years where they settle for top four, and don't strive to be better and take a chance to win the league.

Confidence though is high after a good run of form, with Saturday's 6-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen making it 12 goals in three games for the side.