Wenger and Arsenal facing character against Bayern

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Wenger and Arsenal facing character against Bayern

During his illustrious career, he also spent four years with Bayern Munich at club level after they bought the midfielder from German rivals Bayer Leverkusen for a bargain €12.9 million back in 2002.

"You never know what they talked about the days before the game". Arsenal has exited the Champions League in the round of 16 for six consecutive seasons.

Arsene Wenger's troops need to have belief to beat the German champions, but that is something sadly lacking after not only their recent shortcomings against Bayern, but a bad record against the top six in England.

Arsenal then raised the tempo and started pressing the hosts.

Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern have ground out Bundesliga wins in recent weeks and are seven points clear in Germany's top flight, but this is their biggest test this season.

Robben told German magazine Kicker that this is the "week of truth" for Bayern's European ambitions in 2016/17 as they look to maintain their record 15-match winning streak at home in the Champions League. With key personnel missing for Bayern Munich this season and Arsenal's "underdog" flag flying high and proud, we could be in for some proper football.

"We know we play against Bayern who, basically, listening to you (reporters) are favourites".

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Bayern said he was immediately taken to the dressing room as a precautionary measure but should be able to train again on Tuesday.

"Normally, we are always where we need to be for games like that, but it is a completely different match", said Robben.

Had Cech been in goal, the former Chelsea keeper and Champions League victor would have added crucial expertise and knowledge to the situation and perhaps been able to calm the situation at a time when Arsenal were shipping water.

Bayern's early lead seemed to wake up the Arsenal midfield as Granit Xhaka seemingly alone wrested control from Bayern.

Wenger says the difference this time, and a factor in his side's favour, is that they play the second leg on March 7 at the Emirates Stadium after Wednesday's clash in Munich.

The home side continued to see more of the ball as the half went on, while the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels passed up good chances.

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