With Arsenal’s hopes of a semi-respectable season hanging by the most frayed of threads, the last team they would want to face would be Bayern Munich.
The German giants are unquestionably the hottest side in world football at the moment having won 11 games on the spin and those opposing their 1/3 for victory in the Allianz Arena here would have be sporting the pair of Gunners-tinted glasses with the thickest lenses available.
Arsene Wenger would go a long way to silencing his critics – who increase in number by the hour, it seems – by masterminding a miraculous comeback against a side who hold a 3-1 advantage over them from the first leg, as well as having won 11 games on the bounce.
An Arsenal win is on offer at a monstrous 15/2, while the draw is a 4/1 offering, though these prices should be turned up a couple of notches knowing that the only surviving English outfit in the Champions League are likely to be without Jack Wilshere owing to an ankle injury.
The north Londoner’s also have a monkey on their back in the shape of one win on German soil in eight visits and, in addition to this, they are yet to overturn a home first-leg defeat in European competition.
The Bavarians will be sensing blood in the water here and are in line to give Arsenal a good hiding on their own patch. They’ve chalked up five straight wins at home, conceding just three goals in response to the 16 they’ve notched as part of this rich vein of form. In addition to this, they’ve banged in 12 goals in three Champions League home games this season. Backing the hosts to find the back of the net on more than 2.5 occasions here has to be done at 6/5.
One tiny scrap of hope that the Gunners can cling to is that Bayern are yet to keep a clean sheet at home in this competition, managing just one in the seven games they’ve played in total. This pumps value into the 15/8 that says the home side will the game with both teams on target, giving the travelling Gooners something to smile about, no matter how insignificant it will prove to be.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date