Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Predictions

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Arsenal may not have their usual Champions League last 16 clash with Bayern Munich coming up any time soon, but the pair are meeting in California in midweek as they kick off their International Champions Cup campaigns. These two sides are aiming to boost their form with a win, after disappointing for very different results last term. Arsenal made it to a European final, but couldn’t secure a top-four league finish. Meanwhile, Bayern won the league but were left wanting in Europe.

The Gunners are going to miss big nights like this clash with Bayern at the Emirates this term, as they prepare for their third successive season in the Europa League. It’s over two years since they were last knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern, which became almost a yearly occurrence in Europe’s top competition. Now Arsenal are emerging as a serious threat in the Europa League, but can they live with top quality opposition?

Bayern Munich are still among Europe’s top tier of clubs, especially after a busy season in the transfer market. A scare from Dortmund last term has pushed Bayern into refurbishing their defence, while they’re looking for some new wide players to replace Robben and Ribery. This is a new-look Bayern side moving forward, with under-fire boss Niko Kovac being given another year. He’s kept plenty of top names, all of whom are on this summer’s tour of the USA.

Bayern have a talented side in tow for this clash, as they look to get their preseason off to a strong start. The Bavarians have the likes of Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry to start behind Robert Lewandowski here, so they clearly have the talent to inflict another defeat on the Gunners. While Arsenal kicked off their campaign with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids, this is a huge step up for Unai Emery and his men.

Bayern have had the edge over Arsenal for a while. They’ve beaten the Gunners in seven of 13 meetings overall, while the Bavarians have won four of their last six clashes in the Champions League with Arsenal. We expect the Bundesliga champions to have too much for Arsenal, so we think Bayern are well priced to win this encounter.

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