Arsenal living on the edge ahead of Munich clash

While Tottenham threw Arsenal a lifeline in the Premier League, they still have a sizable mountain to climb on Wednesday when they visit the Allianz Arena in Germany for a match with Bayern Munich.  Of course everybody remembers the Gunners last go round with the Bundesliga squad as it resulted in a disappointing 3-1 home loss at the Emirates in the first leg of their Champions League tie. It’s not going to be impossible to overturn the deficit, but it’s going to be close to it.
The team just has to take the match one goal at a time and remember how they came back last season after being beaten 4-0 in the first leg away to Milan.  Things were a little different a year ago though since they were hammered on the road and didn’t have three away goals to contend with, like they do against Bayern. However, they did manage to put three goals past the Italian side and won the game 3-0.
If there is a light at the end of the tunnel in this situation it could be that Bayern will be without winger Franck Ribery for Wednesday’s game as he injured his ankle on the weekend during a league game. Bayern managed to beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2, but the French international damaged ligaments in his left ankle. In addition, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is suspended for the contest as is defender Jerome Boateng.
Arsenal has pulled off the impossible before, when coming from three goals down and beating Inter Milan in 2006. So, at least there’s something to pin their hopes on. Great comebacks take place in sports on a regular basis. If the players just go about doing their jobs to their best ability that’s all the supporters can really ask and hope for at this point. Look what Chelsea did last year against Barcelona when nobody gave them much of a chance.
However, the past means nothing on Wednesday and neither do predictions. Arsenal will also be missing one of its top players as midfielder Jack Wilshere is expected to be out for three weeks with an injured left ankle. There are a few other players who may miss out. These include Kieran Gibbs Bacary Sagna, and Lukas Podolski. This isn’t written in stone, but that’s the way it looks at the moment. Depending on how you rate these two players, you might not be too alarmed if they miss the match. It’s hard to criticize Gibbs this season though.
Manager Arsene Wenger knows what needs to be done, so do the players and supporters. They’re either going to rise to the occasion or they’re not. Just sit back and enjoy the match and see what happens. As far as the Premier League goes, the Gunners were thrown a bone on Sunday when Spurs self destructed in their match against Liverpool at Anfield. After taking a 2-1 lead, brutal plays by Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe led to their downfall in a 3-2 loss.
Spurs were gunning for Manchester City and second place, but this loss appears to have done severe damage to that plan. However, at 54 points they’re still a pair ahead of fourth-place Chelsea, but Chelsea has a game in hand. Arsenal sits five back of Chelsea and seven behind Spurs with a game in hand on Tottenham. The Gunners are just two ahead of Liverpool and Everton though with a game in hand on Liverpool.
With 10 games to go for Arsenal they need as many points as possible to make sure they’re in the Champions League again next season. However, they could always pull off a Chelsea, and win Europe to guarantee safe passage. You never know.
 

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