Having conceded five goals when they last visited the Allianz Arena, Arsenal’s defence will be braced for a difficult evening when they take on Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
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With an impressive 14 goals in his last 12 Champions League appearances on home turf, Robert Lewandowski is bound to prove a real handful for a visiting backline that has conceded seven and kept no clean sheets in their last four European away games.
Considering he has failed to scored just once in those 12 home fixtures and boasts 23 goals in 28 matches in total this season, it is no surprise to see the Poland international priced at narrow 9/4 (3.25) first goalscorer and 8/15 (1.53) anytime odds with bet365.
Lewandowski has actually shouldered the majority of the goal-scoring burden this campaign due to Thomas Muller’s barren form, with the usually prolific 27-year-old on offer at 6/4 (2.50) to score just a fifth goal in 26 appearances.
Also picking up the slack with eight goals in 15 competitive starts, Arjen Robben is perhaps a stronger bet at 11/8 (2.38), while Douglas Costa 21/10 (3.10) and Kingsley Coman 21/10 (3.10) can also provide a threat from wide.
Nevertheless, having scored more goals than anyone but Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in the group stages, Arsene Wenger’s team are not short of attacking options at the other end of the pitch.
After hitting the net five times in his last six starts to take his total to 19 for the campaign already, Alexis Sanchez is a tempting 9/4 (3.25) shot to get on the scoresheet in Germany.
However, having scored in three of his last four games against Bayern, including in two of his last three away, Olivier Giroud could be the smartest investment at 9/4 (3.25) to silence the Allianz Arena once again.
With six Champions League goals between them so far, Lucas Perez 10/3 (4.33) and Theo Walcott 10/3 (4.33) offer dangerous options from the bench in what promises to be an entertaining clash.