‘Arsenal could wipe the floor with them’ - Ex-Chelsea midfielder predicts Bayern tie

Arsenal are tipped to outclass Bayern Munich in the Champions League


Arsenal are tipped to outdo Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.

‘Arsenal could wipe the floor with them’ - Ex-Chelsea midfielder predicts Bayern tie

Seye Omidiora 13:47 - 08.04.2024

Craig Burley explains why Thomas Tuchel’s team will be inferior to Mikel Arteta’s Gunners in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Former Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Craig Burley has dismissed Bayern Munich’s chances of knocking out Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals.  

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

The Bavarians were the bane of previous Arsenal sides, notably inflicting a 10-2 aggregate defeat on Arsene Wenger’s team in the 2016-17 first knockout round.

The last three competitive meetings between these clubs have ended 5-1 to the German giants, which typically should make Die Bayern favourites for the latest doubleheader between the clubs. However, the North Londoners are a different animal under Arteta, with the Gunners’ improved mentality and tactical nous making them a worthy opponent domestically and abroad.

Arsenal vs Bayern
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was part of the Gunners side that often struggled against Bayern Munich (Imago/Norbert Schmidt)

The same cannot be said for Bayern, whose Bundesliga hegemony is at an end as Bayer Leverkusen are close to usurping the Bavarians, whose 11-year run as topflight champions should end this term.  

What did Burley say about Arsenal vs Bayern?

Arsenal’s growth means the forthright Burley is giving the Gunners the edge this time. 

Ex-Scotland and Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley pictured in 2012 (Imago/Allstar)

“Arteta’s figured it out at the moment,” said the ESPN pundit. “It’s a big game against Bayern Munich coming up, who were absolutely woeful in the second half at Heidenheim. Arsenal are going to have a really, really bad 180 minutes not to beat this Bayern side because they are dreadful.

You talk about crumbling in the second half; Arsenal could wipe the floor with them if they have a good day at the office.”

 Arsenal hope to secure a positive result at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg to put them in an advantageous position heading into the reverse match at Allianz Arena on April 17. Whoever advances faces Manchester City or Real Madrid in the competition’s last four.