Arsenal must not hide against Bayern, urges Effenberg

The former Germany international is anticipating a "beautiful" tie but is still expecting the Champions League holders to progress and eventually reach the final of the competition
By Hassan Talib Haji

Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg believes Arsenal are capable of beating the Champions League holders, providing they come out and attack during their last-16 tie.

The Gunners face Pep Guardiola's side in the first leg on Wednesday as the Premier League title chasers aim to become just the second team to beat Bayern since July 2013.

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With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla amongst their ranks, however, Effenberg is expecting a closely fought tie over two legs and believes Arsenal are capable of going through.

Effenberg told Goal: "I have a great anticipation for this match. We will see the best team in the world against an opponent who is very capable of troubling the defending champions. I expect a beautiful but tight match.

"Arsenal really do not have to hide. They strengthened their squad well and they play good football going forward. I expect an open match with not too much tactical interference. Both have their strengths in the offence and both want to push their game through.

"If Bayern has a weakness, it might be their defence. You can beat them there, even though it is very difficult. There is a chance, but Bayern remains the favourite for me."

Goals from Giroud and Laurent Koscielny helped Arsenal claim a 2-0 win against Bayern the last time the two sides met with the Gunners knocked out of the Champions League on away goals, and Effenberg is again expecting a dramatic affair.

He added: "Arsenal won impressively in Munich, 2-0. They almost kicked Bayern out of the competition. Bayern felt too safe because of the first leg. And this is what I expect from the upcoming two matches as well. It will be tight and there will be drama. Every fan can look forward to it.

"I believe Bayern will make the final again, even though it is not going to be easy. I don't think there will be another all-German final."