The Gunners face a huge hurdle against five-time European champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium in their Uefa Champions League Group F clash on Tuesday.
This encounter constitutes a make or mar scenario for Arsene Wenger’s led side, after back-to-back defeats in the hands of Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos respectively. In this respect also, the manager of their Bavarian foes Pep Guardiola has told his side to expect Arsenal to fight like animals as they look to revive their Champions League campaign.
Guardiola said: “I can imagine my team with zero points and playing in Germany against Arsenal.
“I can imagine the mentality of my team – we would be an animal because it is our last chance, you give everything, and that will happen with Arsenal.”
The Bavarian giants have been firing on all cylinders so far this season, as they have won all nine Bundesliga matches and both European games this season, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger says his side need “a great performance” if they are to win.
Arsenal have lost their past two home Champions League games against Bayern, but have won one and drawn one of their last two trips to Munich.
On Arsenal’s side, Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, who was surprisingly picked ahead of Petr Cech against Olympiakos and conceded an own goal in the 3-2 defeat, is injured and will not be available.
That means Cech will start his first Champions League game for the Gunners, while Arsenal have centre-back Gabriel available again following illness. Olivier Giroud returns from suspension, after his red card in Zagreb.
Match Prediction: Arsenal (1-2) Bayern Munich
The Gunners are experiencing a patch form so far in the English Premier League, but the opponents they have crushed so far this season are no match for the Bavarian giants. The fear of Robert Lewandowski is the beginning of wisdom this term, as the Polish hotshot has registered 15 goals in his past seven games for his club and Poland.