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How to beat the Champions of Europe

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Whilst Manchester City drew Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League last 16, Premier League rivals Arsenal were paired with Bayern Munich, the current champions of Europe, for the second year running.

Arsenal were close to qualifying last year in stunning fashion despite a somewhat embarrassing 3-1 defeat at the Emirates, with a memorable 2-0 win at the Allianz Arena not enough to stop the Gunners going out on goal difference.

What should Arsenal do differently to beat Munich over two legs this year?

Well, for a start, Arsene Wenger has a better squad at his disposal after adding Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil to in the summer. The North London side have started this season strongly, sat in top spot in the Barclays Premier League.

In February, Arsenal conceded sloppy goals to a Bayern side who can beat any team on their day.

They seemed to lack defensive stability and fell apart when Bayern came back on the counter attack.

During the first leg, Arsenal looked tired and struggled to threaten the German side's defence, but still managed to score from a simple corner as Manuel Neuer made a rare error.

Many people thought it would be another rout when Arsenal went to the Allianz Arena three weeks later, where Bayern play their best football, however this wasn't the case.

Olivier Giroud converted Theo Walcott's cross early in the match, with Laurent Koscielny scoring from a Santi Cazorla cross late into the match to set up a grandstand finish.

To beat a Bayern team who are romping away at the Bundesliga this season, Arsenal will have to be solid as a rock, and clinical when they get chances.

The January transfer window will arrive before Munich do at the Emirates, with Arsenal looking at strikers Karim Benzema and Diego Costa.

A striker like this would be crucial for them, as they lack depth upfront with Giroud's workload heavy.

Munich will be big favourites against Arsenal, but if the Gunners are on their game, who knows?

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