Search

Last time counts for nothing when Arsenal face Bayern Munich again, warns ex-Gunner

07:18 18 February 2014

Arsenal

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud scores against Bayern Munich

EMPICS Sport

Former Arsenal striker Tony Woodcock believes last season’s sensational victory in Munich will have no bearing on the Gunners’ clash with the German giants on Wednesday.

Arsenal shocked the Bundesliga side with a 2-0 win in Bavaria last season – but they went out on away goals following Bayern’s 3-1 win at the Emirates in the first leg.

Bayern then went on to win their fifth Champions League by beating Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final at Wembley Stadium.

“The last result that Arsenal achieved at Munich will mean absolutely nothing,” said Woodcock.

“Bayern had pretty much qualified with that win at the Emirates, although Arsenal did run them very close. But, as I said, this is a new season, 12 months have passed, and so the last game is irrelevant.”

Woodcock, a popular striker for both Arsenal and England – he was leading scorer at Highbury for four successive seasons between 1982 and 1986 – is a well known figure in Germany, having spent two spells at Cologne, and lived there for several years after retiring from playing in 1990.

He understands the size of Bayern Munich – and the size of the challenge facing Arsenal.

“It will be a very tough test for Arsenal,” Woodcock added.

“But we have to look at it that if Arsenal progress – and they can – it will be a massive boost for the club.

“Bayern have no fear. They are European champions, they have Pep Guardiola, who is doing a terrific job, they have the best facilities in football, they are in a fantastic location and they have a massive support.

“Not too long ago the best players would only have gone to Italy or Spain, but the best now know that Bayern is the place to be.

“It goes without saying that Guardiola is a truly magnificent trainer and Bayern are continuing to dominate. I honestly see them as the best-run club in Europe, both on and off the pitch.”

Former Bayern striker Lukas Podolski has netted four times in eight appearances for the Gunners since returning from injury on Boxing Day and is in line for a starting role against his former club.

“You never know, he could be the difference – he could score the goal that puts Arsenal through,” said Woodcock.

“He has come back from injury and is getting fitter and better all the time.

“This is 11 versus 11. Anything can happen – any one player could make the difference. Bayern will not fear Arsenal, as I said they do not fear anyone. But, believe me, they will respect Arsenal.

“They are the European champions and domestic success is not enough for them. Bayern will not want to give up their trophy crown lightly. Arsenal will have to be at their very, very best…”

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Jan Vertonghen (left) feels Christian Eriksen can be one of the best playmakers in the Pemier League

Jan Vertonghen believes Christian Eriksen could become one of Tottenham’s best ever players after helping to persuade the Dane to join him at Spurs.

Harry Kane celebrates with Andros Townsend after putting Spurs 3-0 ahead with his 13th goal of the season. Pic: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Tottenham strode into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with a resounding 4-0 home win over Newcastle, avenging October’s league defeat in the process.

Yesterday, 18:00
England captain Matt Dean at the Blind World Cup

England captain Matt Dean says his team have learned a great deal from their experience at the Blind World Cup despite defeat in the semi-finals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu Flamini is convinced Arsenal can still enjoy success this season – provided their fortunes finally change on the injury front.

Most read sport

A Gogglebox family will have to keep their comments about the week’s TV to themselves from now on.

The online encyclopaedia created a special video showing how the year’s event are linked.

People are divided and it’s definitely following a pattern.

The Interview is about an attempt to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition