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Coming off the back of a 5-2 dismantling of Reading, Arsenal managed to pull themselves up to within 15 points of current league leaders Manchester United.
That result, in addition to a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion the week before, has helped gloss over a dodgy start and rough patch of form.
Things can change exceedingly quickly in football, though. A win at out-of-sorts Wigan Athletic this weekend could see the Gunners obtain a three-game win streak coming into the busy Christmas schedule.
In stark contrast, however, Bayern Munich are in the middle of a potentially record-breaking season.
Such is the confidence of a side who are currently nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table, that deputy chairman Karl Hopfner has said (via SkySports.com): "Now we have the first match in the competition in the Allianz Arena and we are happy to play against Arsenal."
Die Bayern have conceded just seven goals all season, yet they've scored 44. I suppose that's reason enough for confidence.