Sky Sports pundit claims Arsenal v Bayern is 50/50
By Dominic Toner
Charlie Nicholas believes that Arsenal’s European match against Bayern Munich is evenly matched despite a bad record against them.
The Gunners were drawn against the German champions in the Champions League last 16 and will play the second leg at the Emirates in the knockout rounds.
Arsenal have now been drawn against Bayern in three of the last five campaigns and have lost the previous two encounters.
English side Leicester will face Spanish outfit Sevilla in their knockout round, while Manchester City play French club Monaco.
Sky Sports pundit and ex-Arsenal player Nicholas believes that his former side have a good chance of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals.
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“I genuinely think this is a 50/50 draw. When you look at the squads, we’ve both got plenty in terms of quality and depth,” Nicholas told Sky Sports. “I understand people will say Bayern are favourites, but why? Have they got a much better team? No. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez would walk into their side.
“Being away from home for the first leg allows us to be patient and counter-attack, which we’re very good at with the pace of Sanchez and Walcott, so I think being away first makes this a 50/50.”
Arsenal are currently in a great run of form and secured their place in the Champions League knockout rounds as group leaders, with Paris Saint-Germain settling for second.
Arsene Wenger’s side will face a tough challenge against Bayern, who finished behind Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid in their group.
The Gunners have begun to find some consistency this season and star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are performing on a regular basis.
The north London club have not lost in the Premier League since the opening day of the season to Liverpool and are second-placed in the table behind Chelsea.
Arsenal will hope to be in good form when they face Bayern during February and March as domestic football takes the priority in the immediate future.
Bayern have not reached the Champions League final since they won it in the 2012/13 season and Nicholas feels that Arsenal can inflict some revenge when they meet.
In other Arsenal news, Hector Bellerin has urged Mesut Ozil to reproduced his best form against Bayern.