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When: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Emirates Stadium, London
How they got here: Arsenal finished second in Group B; Bayern won Group F.
These two clubs could hardly be heading in more different directions.
Bayern Munich, the runaway leaders of the German Bundesliga, have lost only twice in all competitions this season. Manager Jupp Heynckes is due to step down at the end of the season, when former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will take over.
Guardiola, who won the Champions League with Barca in 2009 and 2011, will inherit a strong squad. Through 22 league matches, Bayern have scored 57 goals and allowed just seven. In 10 away matches, Die Roten have conceded only once.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are in danger of finishing outside the Premier League's top four for the first time in manager Arsene Wenger's 16-plus-year reign. Over the weekend, the inconsistent Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup, losing to second-tier Blackburn at home.
This is Arsenal's last chance for silverware this season, and even the most diehard Gooner would admit this tie looks like a tough assignment.
In a way, playing Bayern might be a decent tonic for Arsenal, who tend to play to the level of their opponents. Bayern hold possession well, which could actually afford Arsenal's own possession game a bit of space in which to work.
Against Blackburn, the Gunners dominated for 90 minutes but struggled to break down Blackburn's organized defense.
But Bayern's defense will be organized as well, and the Germans have a long list of lethal attackers to call on.
It seems unthinkable that Arsenal's defense—which is facing a selection headache at left-back—will keep a clean sheet. But will the offense be able to sneak a goal on a counter?
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