Having lost their first two games so far, it’s looking likely that Arsenal will miss out on progressing through the Group Stage of the Champions League since the 1998/99 season.
Losing away to Dinamo Zagreb and a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Olympiacos, they sit bottom of the table. And now, with two fixtures against German Champions Bayern Munich, who have won their opening two games by scoring eight without reply, Arsene Wenger’s side face a incredibly tough task.
Shoot looks into previous six fixtures between the two, to see if there’s any hope of the London side turning it around….
Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal (May 11, 2014)
In the second-leg of the last-16 tie, Bayern went into the game with two away goals already under their belt. They started the game well, and had a volley from Javi Martinez ruled out for offside. In the second half, Bastian Schweinsteiger slotted home from close range to put the Germans in front, a much-deserved lead. But Arsenal hit back to give their fans something to cheer about, when Lukas Podolski, facing his former club, raced through on goal and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Lukas Fabianski saved a Thomas Muller spot-kick, meaning the game ended 1-1, and Bayern progressed after a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich (February 19, 2014)
The first-leg tie of the last-16 round saw Arsenal suffer a bitter late blow. It could’ve been the perfect start for the Gunners, but Mesut Ozil fluffed his lines from 12 yards. Things got even worse for the London club, when Wojciech Szczesny brought Arjen Robben down in the area to earn himself a red card. After half-time, Toni Kroos thumped in the first goal from 20 yards to put the away side in the lead. But it was Muller’s strike in the 88th minute that sunk Arsenal spirits, as they conceded the second away goal.
Bayern Munich 0-2 Arsenal (March 13, 2013)
A fantastic victory for the Gunners was overshadowed by their poor first-leg showing, as they crashed out to Bayern. Olivier Giroud latched onto the end of Theo Walcott’s cross to put the away side in front after three minutes, the perfect start. But the remainder of the game was played in the middle of the park, as both sides battled to progress. Laurent Koscielny’s 86th minute header gave Arsenal hope of snatching the final goal needed, but it was too little too late, as they were knocked out again in Bavaria.
Arsenal 1-3 Bayern Munich (February 19, 2013)
Arsenal gave themselves a mountain to climb in the second-leg, after a very poor defensive display saw Bayern put three past them. They started the game on the back foot, and two quick-fire goals from Kroos and Muller put Bayern firmly in the driving seat. Podolski gave Arsenal a fighting chance when he headed in a well-delivered corner. But it was Bayern who had the last say, as Mario Mandzukic scrambled the ball over the line to give the Germans their third away goal, and one foot in the quarter-finals.
Arsenal 1-0 Bayern Munich (March 9, 2005)
Despite bagging an away goal in the first-leg, Arsenal couldn’t muster up the strong home performance they needed, only managing to score one goal. Bayern were very strong tactically, and they frustrated an Arsenal side needing two goals to progress. However, fans were given hope when Thierry Henry fired the ball past Oliver Kahn after 65 minutes. Kahn though, came to the away side’s rescue as his reflex save kept out Kolo Toure’s powerful header. The result was not enough on the night, and Bayern progressed to the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich 3-1 Arsenal (February 22, 2005)
The Gunners started in poor fashion in the first-leg, as they fell to a 3-1 defeat in Bavaria. The home side took the lead after only four minutes, as Claudio Pizarro slotted home following a mistake from Toure. It was the same combination again for the second goal, as Pizarro got in front of Toure to head them 2-0 up just after the break. Bosnian Hasan Salihamidzic extended Bayern’s lead further, with Gunners fans fearing the worst. But despite his mistakes, Toure pulled back what could’ve been a crucial away goal in the dying minutes of the game.