Arsenal will prove they have a weak mentality if they beat Bayern

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Sitting in a gloomy position, rock bottom of the group without even playing the favourites - surely a win against the German champions would cheer Arsenal fans up? It shouldn't.

When the group was drawn, most realistic Arsenal fans would have thought: "Oh great, Bayern Munich again". Not many would have said: "Oh great, Dinamo Zagreb" or "Oh great, Olympiakos".

Yet Arsenal lost to both supposed European minnows.


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Last year, Basel held the accolade of the lowest points total to qualify for the last 16 (with seven). That would require the Gunners to beat Zagreb, win in Greece and get at least a point against Bayern. Simple right?

However, this ignores the fact seven points was a very low total and Arsene Wenger's men they are susceptible to losing to the supposed weaker teams. Never mind getting a point against Bayern, who have won their first nine games in the Bundesliga.

Even so, the north London club are likely to be lauded if they manage to topple Bayern. Naturally, at the start of the group stage, many should agree.

However, whenever anyone talks about Arsenal, it is often about their lack of leaders. "Where are the leaders? Where is the spine?"

Questions that are repeated every season and have actually been boring us for more than a decade.

Without those leaders, you get Arsenal's current predicament. Not taking a stance from game one. They have become a 'chaser' again, playing catch up.

A team that works when they need to. Not leading from the front, brushing teams aside and taking command of the situation.

Defeating Bayern would only prove that. Going into a situation where they need to get something.

You could argue that shows a sense of character, getting results when it matters. Nonetheless, that is precisely the point. Arsenal went into the early games thinking: "This doesn't matter. We will crush these, and if not we have four more games left to make it up." That's weak.

The pressure is of course on Arsenal, no one expects Dinamo Zagreb or Olympiakos to get a result. The opponents have that advantage. Regardless, if a team wants to win big trophies, it has to lead from the front. Game one.

Look at the start of the Premier League season, are Arsenal title contenders? Of course not, it's the same again. West Ham at home, oh it doesn't matter there are 37 more games to play.

Going back to 'winning when it matters', the first few games is when it really matters. Especially the first game. The opportunity to start a league or a group well. Not when you are desperate for points and you have to give it your all in an attempt to make it up.

Countless times the Gunners keep making the same mistakes. Beating Bayern wouldn't change that, will that mean they go on to win the Champions League? Almost certainly not. If they did qualify and they drew a lesser side, i.e Monaco, they would only crumble and become complacent.

The same problems still lie for Arsenal. Just because they can beat Bayern doesn't mean they're all of a sudden a great team. Defeating Bayern proves they're a good enough team, but shows they're too lazy to show it in the early stages.

It's about leading from the front, winning when it actually matters. Not because they have too. They shouldn't be choosing when to perform. It's not fair on the fans and this weak mentality needs to change.

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