Even though Arsene Wenger and his men won their Champions League group, they still landed Bayern Munich in what felt like the sick joke that was the draw for the round of 16.
But it’s not all bad. Arsenal can definitely defeat the German champions this year, and here’s why.
Firstly, the Gunners found three gems in the market over the summer in Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, and Lucas Perez, who all add a new dimension to each area of the pitch.
Mustafi has been a consistent starter since his arrival from Valencia, while Xhaka has faced heavy competition for his spot, and Perez has only featured heavily in the EFL Cup, where he had a hat-trick earlier in the year.
In addition, the conversion of Alexis Sanchez from a winger to a centre forward has paid dividends, and he will certainly be ready to lead the Arsenal attack and terrorize the Bayern defence.
Bayern are currently nine points clear of s RB Leipzig at the top of the table. Whilst that is a sizeable gap, at this point during most years, the German giants would be running away with the title, but things just are not quite right at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern’s defence is still strong as they have only let in twelve goals this season, but they have been held to three draws against Koln, Frankfurt, and Hoffenheim, teams that have nowhere near the all-around quality of Bayern. Additionally, the Bavarians have struggled mightily in the Champions League, losing to Atletico Madrid and Rostov.
Bayern have proven to definitely be beatable, and they have been beaten by Arsenal squads much poorer than the current one in the past. Given the fact that new hire Carlo Ancelotti is not totally working out, look for Arsene Wenger to adjust his tactics in order to break town a defensively-sound German team. If it comes down to who manages their team better, then the Gunners will likely have the advantage.