UEFA Champions League preview: Bayern Munich v Arsenal
By Football News
Bayern Munich will play in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals unless Arsenal can do something no club has done in over four years.
Arsenal must score a minimum of three goals at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday and overcome Bayern by a two-goal margin to defeat the Bundesliga leaders in their two-legged round-of-16 tie.
Bayern put one foot in the next round when they embarrassed Arsenal with a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in London with Thomas Mueller scoring one goal and setting up another for the German club.
The last time a team scored three times at the Allianz Arena and knocked off Bayern by two goals was in February 2011 when Borussia Dortmund triumphed 3-1.
But even that result would only mean extra time in Munich.
Werder Bremen were the last club to defeat Bayern in Munich by a scoreline that would overturn a 3-1 deficit, winning 5-2 in September 2008.
Bayern head into their clash with Arsenal on the back of an impressive comeback, which ended in a 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Trailing 2-1 with less than 20 minutes left, Jupp Heynckes' side scored twice through Franck Ribery and Jerome Boateng to snatch the three points from Fortuna.
The victory saw Bayern extend their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 20 points after second-placed Borussia Dortmund lost 2-1 away to Schalke.
Bayern have now won five in a row in all competitions in front of their own fans, while, in comparison, Arsenal have lost three of the past four matches both home and away.
Arsenal's last game was their 2-1 defeat by Tottenham in the English Premier League on March 3 and the last time they produced a result on the road that would see them overhaul Bayern was in December when they defeated Reading 5-2 at the Madejski Stadium.
Arsene Wenger's team have been eliminated from the Champions League at the round-of-16 stage for the past two seasons and it seems likely they will experience it for the third consecutive time on Wednesday.