Arsenal FC and FC Bayern Munich will be facing each other at Emirates Stadium in London. The venue is the Round of 16, First Leg UEFA Champions League match.
The match is a crucial one for Arsenal since it has not won a trophy for over a decade. The only exception was the year 2009 when Arsenal defeated Liverpool to win the FA Youth Cup.
What can be said of the two European giants of football? What are the chances for Arsenal or Bayern Munich to advance in the next round of the UEFA Champions League?
Arsenal is currently ranked 6th in the UEFA Ranking Scale. The Gunners registered three wins, two losses, and one draw in the current UCL season.
Wojciech Szczesny, Bacara Sagna, and Lukas Podolski are among the current members of the squad. The current manager Arsene Wenger is under pressure to deliver the trophy.
Recently, Wenger admitted that Arsenal cannot win the current Premier League trophy. In his admission, Wenger said that Arsenal cannot handle the pressure in a Premier League match.
The Gunners of today appear to have been demoralized by the departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United. Many are angry at the exchange of shirts between Andre Santos and van Persie during a match between the two Premier League clubs.
While Arsenal has a hometown advantage, they may not be able to defend themselves in this match.
FC Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich is currently in second place in the UEFA Ranking scale behind FC Barcelona. Pep Guardiola will be taking over from a retiring Jupp Heynckes this summer.
The Bundesliga team registered four wins, one loss, and one draw in the current UEFA Champions League. Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, and Mario Gomez are among the players who currently represent the club in this match.
It is expected that Bayern Munich [including Arjen Robben] will avenge their loss to Chelsea in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League final this time around. Manuel Neuer will be the goalkeeper for the current Round of 16 against the Gunners.
Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, and Bastian Schweinsteiger will expect to play a prominent role in this match. Bayern Munich will play for keeps in the current round of 16 against the Gunners.
1. Manuel Neuer will concede four goals in this match
2. Bastian Schweinsteiger will apply pressure against Arsenal and score three goals
3. Arjen Robben will score the remaining two goals of the match and redeem himself for Bayern Munich
4. Arsenal will be demoralized after its initial defeat and will lose heavily to Bayern Munich on the second leg.
5. Arsene Wenger will be forced to resign as Arsenal FC Manager after the current UEFA Champions League and Premier League season