It's reasonable to suggest that Arsenal have little hope of beating Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena two years in a row.
However, it's also fair to say that if the Gunners press the same way they did last year, it's not impossible, just improbable.
In the last encounter with the Bavarians, the north London side were torn apart after Wojciech Szczesny was sent off. It's also when the form Mesut Ozil started to be seriously questioned, after a missed penalty and a lackluster and non-passionate performance from the German superstar.
However, the first 35 minutes were very encouraging for Arsene Wenger.
Even without Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud, Arsenal still put huge pressure on Munich, forcing errors at the back from Jerome Boateng and Dante.
Nonetheless, after the red card was shown and Santi Cazorla was sacrificed for Lukas Fabianski, the tone of the match was changed; it was no longer a UEFA Champions League match, rather a practice session for Bayern.
Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos made Arsenal seem amateur at times, and Kroos, with an unstoppable shot past Fabianski, who got fingertips to it, ended Arsenal's night, and then Muller put another nail in the coffin.
But all hope is not lost for the Gunners.
Chelsea's comeback against Napoli provides hope as does Borussia Dortmund v Malaga, and then you have Barcelona and AC Milan's encounter last season which turned a lot of heads too.
So, with Kim Kallstrom and Aaron Ramsey on their way back to the team, and hopefully a fully fit and raring to go Ozil in the ranks, the Gunners can inspire themselves for a tasty comeback.
Even if Arsenal fall short of qualification past the Bavarians, like last season, it could inspire them for a surge of confidence and power to aid their title chase and F.A Cup bid.
This could help Arsenal in the league as well as obviously the Champions League.
One thing Arsenal must not do is to feel sorry for themselves. Mathieu Flamini told the Arsenal website how despite the 2-0 loss.
"I'm very proud of the way we defended especially in the second half," he told Arsenal's official website. "We conceded the penalty and of course playing 10 against 11 it was more difficult."
Although admitting 1-0 would've been great. 2-0 is the reality, and Arsenal of this epic duel of football clubs, is that they need to silence the threats of Philip Lahm, Kroos and Arjen Robben.
If those three are silenced, and can't play their football, it'll be hard to get goals from Bayern's offensive players.
They'll have to play like they did against Bayern in the first 35 minutes, creating chances, and punishing Bayern's center-halves should they panic and make a rare mistake.
I'd hope to see Tomas Rosicky start again at the center of the attacking midfield, he's more of a fighting player, and at the same time, I'd hope for an Aaron Ramsey return, because as I previously wrote about; Arsenal have been missing their early season star.
Just this time if you get a penalty, let someone else take the penalty, eh Mesut?
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