After Arsenal somehow topped Group A over PSG, an air of relief spread around the Emirates as fans felt they’d avoid most of Europe’s top guns in the Champions League round of 16.
That was until they were given the worst early Christmas present a Gunners fan could have asked for in early December, when yet again German powerhouse Bayern Munich came out of the hat in the draw.
This is the fourth time in last five seasons the pair have met each other in Europe’s premier club competition and it’s a case of familiarity breeds contempt for Arsene Wenger’s charges as Bayern have taken every knockout tie the pair have ever played out.
But can Arsenal topple their greatest challenge? We’ve had a check on the markets and it’s a case of look away now if you love the Gunners, because our traders have no ray of sunshine for you. Let’s demonstrate…
Do you really need to look any further than that price to tell the story of how up against it the men from North London are tonight?
Another reason for Arsenal being as massively unfancied, is the fact Bayern have turned the Allianz Arena into a seemingly impenetrable fortress.
The Germans last loss in home surroundings came in March last year and they’re on a 25-game unbeaten run at the moment – with only four draws in that period. Is it any wonder Bayern at 9/20 tonight?
Arsenal’s away record isn’t bad in the Premier League this season, losing just three of their 12 away fixtures. However, they’re on the back of another away failure against a title rival thanks to 3-1 hammering by Chelsea.
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Diving into other punts doesn’t make matters any better if you’re gaging the Gunners chances of firing to an upset.
That’s because talismanic attacker Alexis Sanchez finds himself as a whopping 15/2 shot for the first goal and he is the most likely Arsenal man according to our traders.
Unbelievably seven Bayern Munich players are shorter priced in the market than the Chilean.
This one actually have caught our eye a little as Arsenal have actually managed to keep two clean sheets (2013, 2015) in the six games we’ve mentioned above.
However, their Premier League record defensively away from the Emirates is definitely nothing to shout home about!
The Gunners have only kept one clean sheet in their last eight in the league and were alarmingly lack at their posts against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.
With the array of talent available to Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti we just can’t see Wenger’s defensive walls not being breached tonight.
* All odds correct at the time of posting.