Monday, 18 February 2013

Bayern Munich (H)

Well that's our season over for another year. It was a poor performance all round from a team that should have comfortably beat Blackburn. The manager made a number of changes to rest players for tomorrows match and it backfired. Blackburn got a goal and sat back an absorbed what we threw at them. The team turned up and expected to win and in football that's never how it happens. The most frustrating part about all of it, is that we've been here so many times before and the squad just don't seem to learn their lessons. 

Tomorrow we take on arguably the second best team in the world. Bayern Munich are a powerhouse of European football and the four stars above their crest is largely the reason why. The players should look forward to this chance, the big European nights are what every player in every team wants. It's what we earned the right to play in when we finished 3rd last season. We go into the match as huge underdogs, but special nights in Europe sometimes favour the underdog. We'll need to be on top form if we are to even keep this match alive for the second leg. A win is really imperative.

According to Wenger we have one injury concern ahead of the game tomorrow and that is whether Koscielny will be fit, but considering he didn't train today I think that's unlikely. This leaves our already shaky looking back four, looking even worse. It leaves us with a problem at either left back or centre back, depending on where Vermaelen is deployed. I have a feeling he'll be in the middle and we may put Coquelin on the left to try and deal with the pace and power of one Arjen Robben. So my guess is that the team will be something along the lines of: SZCZ, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Coquelin, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski, Giroud.

In terms of quality in the Munich line the list is virtually endless. Robben, Ribery, Schweinsteiger, Gomez but to name a few. However the main man at the moment for them is one Mandžukić who has been in bang in form. Their back line has conceded a whopping 7 (seven) league goals all season. Unbeaten in 13 league games. The stats don't bode well for us but we've overcome the odds before.

Tomorrow's match is a huge game for us as a club. In some ways a win would perhaps give the team some belief for the rest of the season. However the wrong result might just show us how bigger a gap there is between us and the top teams of Europe. That said I'm feeling optimistic.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Bayern Munich