With the champions league back in action this week pressure is on some clubs that failed to win in their round of 16 first leg match. More pressure is even on Arsenal FC that suffered a 2-0 loss to Germany giants Bayern Munich. The return match is what many football fans are waiting eagerly to watch as predictions are that it will be misfiring. Arsenal has been been considered by many football analysts to be one of the greatest clubs in English football. It however remains to be seen whether this team can gain European glory by winning the champions league for the first time.
Arsenal failed to capitalize on the support of their home fans during the first leg clash and it now it seems their chance of qualifying for the quarter finals is almost dead. However arsenal’s head coach, Wenger believes that his side has a great potential of turning things around in Munich next week. Arsenal is having a good run in the English premier league this season and has been cited as favorite to win the league. The team will however miss the services of England mid fielder Jack Wilshere who served a hairline fracture during arsenal’s 4-1 over Everton in the FA quarter final match at St. James Park on Saturday. Arsenal’s first choice keeper Szczesny will be out of action after a controversial first leg red card.
Bayern Munich on the other hand seem to have their mind set on retaining their champions league title which they secured last season after beating Dortmund 2-1. Having gone a record twenty points clear in the Bundesliga this season, there is no doubt that this team is enjoying its best form so far in years. Head coach Pep Guardiola understands very well that they cannot under estimate Arsenal who almost turned things around last year in Munich. Bayern faces no injury worries and their best strikers including Frank Ribery who failed to clinch the Ballon d’or in January are in good shape. The march will take place on Tuesday and will kick off at 11:45 Eastern time at the great Allianz Arena stadium.
Tickets are on sale and it is expected that thousand s of Bayern’s fans will turn up for the game. Though English clubs have a poor record when playing in Germany, it remains to be seen whether arsenal will overturn the 2-0 defeat on away soil. Let us wait on Tuesday night to see how the road to Lisbon final heats up.