Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: 5 Ways for Gunners to Shut Down Bayern

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: 5 Ways for Gunners to Shut Down Bayern
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The Champions League last-16 clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich represents an opportunity for The Gunners to reignite the dying embers of another disappointing season. To do so, they are going to have to shut down one of world football's premier outfits in Bayern Munich. They can do it, but it'll be difficult.

How difficult? Well, exceptionally.

Bayern have been fantastic this season. The side that reached the final of the Champions League last campaign has been built upon considerably.

They are better in every department, allowing manager Jupp Heynckes to rotate the side and keep everyone relatively fresh. Dante, Javi Martinez, Xherdan Shaqiri and Mario Mandžukić have all proved to be excellent signings. We have also seen younger players such as Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and David Alaba showing improvements every time they take to the field.

Even Arjen Robben, who has been a peripheral figure this campaign, looks to be on his way back to some kind of form.

They are 15 points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and have won every game since the turn of the year without conceding a goal. If you throw in Arsenal's erratic form and fragile confidence, Bayern look set to lay down a beating on Arsene Wenger's side. 

If Arsenal are to avoid the aforementioned humiliation, then they are going to have to exploit the minor chinks in Bayern's armour whilst utilising their own strengths to the very maximum. Here is how they might go about doing that...

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