Arsenal fans woke up on this misty Tuesday morning with the nervous feeling of a cup final day in their stomachs.
As the Gunners prepare to take on Bayern Munich at Emirates Stadium, their loyal followers know that defeat will almost certainly be the end of the road with regards to their Champions League campaign.
They have already lost to relative minnows Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos, but now face a real challenge from the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.
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There is hope, however. Arsene Wenger's men have proven they can beat the German giants in the recent past and they are in very good form going into the match. But so are Bayern Munich; record-breaking form, in fact.
Pep Guardiola has guided Bayern to nine straight wins in the Bundesliga as well as two comfortable wins in their Champions League group. A number of pundits have already labelled them favourites to beat the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona to the big-eared trophy.
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And Carlo Ancelotti, who has plenty of experience in the competition, winning it three times, believes the sheer strength of Bayern Munich means Arsenal can already start planning for life in the Europa League, or worse.
"Arsenal are practically out because they must now face Bayern twice," the Italian coach told Goal.
This is Arsenal's 18th consecutive season in the competition. Wenger pointed out at the recent AGM that only Real Madrid, with 19, can boast a better record. However, Los Blancos have won the trophy four times in that period while Arsenal are still waiting for their first.
Their failure to compete in the competition irked several supporters at the AGM, but Ancelotti believes Arsenal's success should not necessarily be measured by winner's medals.
Their fatal mistake
He continued: "I don't agree with those that say that Arsenal have consistently disappointed in Europe because they have been present in the Champions League for so many years. I just believe that the problem was the first game.
"The Gunners underestimated Dinamo Zagreb. Because of Dinamo's CV, Arsenal miscalculated the challenge facing them.
"Dinamo had not won in the Champions League for many years and this affected Arsenal's concentration. I believe that Dinamo were underestimated not only by the coach but also by the players."
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