ARSENAL VS BAYERN UEFA
Arsenal To Play Bayern Munich In Champions League 16
Arsenal have been drawn to face Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League.It was always going to be a tough draw, given the fact we finished second in the group, but defending champions Bayern were arguably the toughest of the five teams we could have faced.But we pushed them all the way last season, only going out on away goals, and we’re a better outfit this season so bring it on!What do you think of the draw? Do we have a chance?
Arsenal FC will be looking to end their last 16 losing streak when they renew acquaintance with FC Bayern München, last season's UEFA Champions League winners and the side who ended their hopes 12 months ago.
The London team, in the knockout phase for the 14th successive year, went down 3-1 at home to Bayern last season and bowed out on away goals despite a 2-0 success in Munich. Arsenal were eliminated by AC Milan in 2011/12 and Josep Guardiola's FC Barcelona the previous season, losing both ties 4-3 on aggregate.
• Bayern, meanwhile, had their ten-game UEFA Champions League winning run – a competition record that started following that second-leg defeat by Arsenal – ended on matchday six by Manchester City FC.
• Last season's contest at the Arsenal Stadium was always heading Bayern's way once Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller had fired the visitors into a 2-0 lead within 21 minutes. Lukas Podolski scored against his former side but Mario Mandžukić made the final score 3-1.
• The lineups on 19 February 2013 were:
Arsenal: Szczęsny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta, Cazorla, Ramsey (Rosický 71), Podolski (Giroud 72), Wilshere, Walcott.
Bayern: Neuer, Alaba, Dante, Van Buyten, Lahm, T Müller, Javi Martínez, Schweinsteiger, Ribéry (Robben 63), Kroos (Luiz Gustavo 73), Mandžukić (Gomez 78).
• Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny scored in Munich but Bayern advanced on away goals.
• The teams also met at this stage in 2004/05, Bayern again winning the first leg 3-1, this time in Munich, with Claudio Pizarro scoring their first two goals. It was enough to take them through despite Arsenal's 1-0 win in the return.
• Bayern again had the upper hand in the 2000/01 second group stage, winning 1-0 at home after a 2-2 draw in London.
• The 2-1 defeat by Borussia Dortmund on matchday three was Arsenal's third in succession at home to German opponents. Their record at home to Bundesliga sides is W9 D1 L4; overall it is W14 D5 L9.
• In their other home games Arsenal beat SSC Napoli and Olympique de Marseille, both 2-0 – the same scoreline they had overcome Fenerbahçe SK by in the play-offs. On their travels they won in Marseille and Dortmund but their matchday six loss in Naples meant they finished as runners-up behind Dortmund.
• Arsenal's last success at this stage came in 2010 when they recovered from a 2-1 defeat at FC Porto to win 5-0 in London. That was their third successive victory in the round of 16.
• This is Bayern's sixth successive last-16 appearance with their 2011 reverse against FC Internazionale Milano their sole defeat in that run.
• The German champions won five of their six games in Group D to qualify in first place, losing at home to City on matchday six with their passage to the next stage already guaranteed. They had won away to City and beat both PFC CSKA Moskva and FC Viktoria Plzeň home and away.
• This is Bayern's fourth visit to England in 12 months and they have been successful on their three previous trips, including victory against Dortmund in May's final at Wembley.
• They also met Chelsea FC in the UEFA Super Cup on 30 August in Prague, winning 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Franck Ribéry and Javi Martínez got Bayern's goals.
• Bayern's record away to English teams is W4 D7 L6; overall it is W15 D14 L12.
• Bayern lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup with a 2-0 final triumph against Leeds United AFC in 1975, but have since lost finals to Aston Villa FC (0-1, 1982), Manchester United FC (1-2, 1999) and Chelsea (1-1, 3-4 pens, 2012).
• As Barcelona coach, Guardiola's record against Arsenal was W2 D1 L1. His team lost 2-1 in north London in the 2010/11 round of 16 first leg but won the return 3-1.
• Podolski played for Bayern from 2006 until 2009, scoring 15 goals in 71 league games. Either side of that spell he spent a total of six years with 1. FC Köln and in ten games against Bayern was only once on the winning side.
• Per Mertesacker scored SV Werder Bremen's goal in a 3-1 home defeat against Bayern on 29 January 2011. After Arjen Robben's equaliser, the defender's own goal put Bayern 2-1 in front. During five years in Bremen Mertesacker faced Bayern 16 times, winning only two.
• Mertesacker and Pizarro were team-mates at Bremen between 2008 and 2011, Mesut Özil joining them in 2008/09 and 2009/10.
• Tomáš Rosický scored 20 goals in 149 Bundesliga games for Dortmund between 2001 and 2006, winning the title in 2001/02.
• Mertesacker, Özil and Podolski are Germany team-mates with Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Müller and Mario Götze.
• Robben scored in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Arsenal on 18 December 2005. In his three years at Stamford Bridge, Robben faced the Gunners on four occasions and never lost.
• Ribéry plays for France alongside Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby, Giroud, Koscielny and Mathieu Flamini.
• Müller scored in Germany's 2-1 win in a Paris friendly against a France team who included Ribéry, Sagna, Koscielny and Giroud. Lahm, Podolski, Mertesacker, Özil and Kroos played for the visitors.
• Giroud scored in France's 2-1 friendly win in Bremen on 29 February 2012 against a Germany team who included Boateng, Kroos, Özil, Müller and Manuel Neuer. Ribéry also played for the visitors.
• Javier Martínez and Thiago Alcántara are Spain team-mates of Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal.
• Thomas Vermaelen and Daniel Van Buyten both play for Belgium.
• Serge Gnabry was in VfB Stuttgart's youth team until 2011.