Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed how he plans to stop Bayern Munich’s in-form striker Robert Lewandowski at the Emirates Stadium this evening.
The Gunners must avoid defeat against the Bundesliga champions to stand any chance of progressing to the Champions League knockout rounds - Wenger’s men are up against it following back-to-back defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos - but face the toughest possible test against the favourites to win the competition.
Bayern Munich beat Olympiakos 3-0 in September, hammered Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 a fortnight later and have scored 29 goals in the Bundesliga so far this season - winning all nine of their opening fixtures in the process.
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Lewandowski, arguably the best number nine on the planet right now, has scored 16 goals in 12 matches for Bayern so far this term - but Wenger has a plan in place to stop the clinical Poland international.
"The best way for us to combat Lewandowski is for us to have the ball,” the veteran French coach was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. "After that, we have to be shrewd with him because inside the box he is outstanding. His technique, his movement and his finishing is top class.
"That's where we will need all the experience of defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to deal with that.”
Lewandowski has inflicted damage on Arsenal before
Arsenal fans have already seen Lewandowski inflict damage on their side at the Emirates Stadium in the past.
Back in October 2013, he scored an 82nd-minute winner for Borussia Dortmund, who recorded a 2-1 victory over the Premier League outfit.
Huge team effort required
It’s clearly going to require a huge team effort for Arsenal to stop Lewandowski this evening, and something very special indeed to defeat Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
But the Gunners come into this fixture off the back of two 3-0 victories either side of the international break, against Manchester United and Watford.
Alexis can make the difference for Arsenal
Alexis Sanchez, in particular, has been outstanding of late and Guardiola will surely have his own plan in place to limit the impact of the world-class Chilean.
Arsenal fans: do you believe Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny can stop Robert Lewandowski this evening? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!