Published: Tue, February 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Ox not looking to history ahead of Bayern tie

Ox not looking to history ahead of Bayern tie

Injuries to Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey, and a four-game suspension for Granit Xhaka, exacerbated Elneny's untimely absence as the Gunners lost further ground in the title race with two defeats to Watford and Chelsea.

Arsenal travel to Munich for the first leg on Wednesday, with the return tie scheduled to take place in London on March 7.

The Independent's Miguel Delaney thinks Wenger's time is not yet up, but admits Arsenal's issues are nothing new.

Bayern Munich have eliminated Arsenal in their three previous Champions League knockout encounters, all in the Last 16 (2004/05, 2012/13, 2013/14).

Arsenal have been defeated in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie in each of the last five seasons.

Arsenal, meanwhile, which scored a 2-0 win over Hull City on the same day, will continue to be short-handed in midfield due to the absence of Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.

"Particularly in the second half, so fast in the transition, so many quality players, you make one mistake and they punish you, which they did against us".

So on top of the normal CL knockout pressure, there's a lot of extra sauce on this game because Arsenal need to break that streak - they have to get past Bayern at some point here, and why not this year?

An Alexis Sanchez brace handed the Gunners a controversial 2-0 win at the Emirates against the battling Tigers, though they will surely be expecting a tougher test in Germany when their Champions League campaign resumes on Wednesday.

"That's why beating Hull was so important, because we have an important Champions League game coming up".

Bayern stands in his and Arsenal's way, however.

Wilson said on Sunday Supplement: "I think the fan mood is key in all of it, but ultimately I think it will be Wenger's decision, nearly certainly it will be him to decide".

Well, Man City got to the semi-finals under Pellegrini previous year but then when they got there they didn't seem to really give it a go against Real Madrid.

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