'Difficult to make a case!' for Bayern Munich toppling Arsenal in Champions League quarter-final

  • Arsenal and Bayern Munich lock horns in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with ESPN's Derek Rae struggling to see how the German giants can advance to the semi-finals.
Arsenal FC Training Session And Press Conference - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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Arsenal and Bayern Munich renew hostilities in the Champions League with ESPN's Derek Rae worried about the German giants against Mikel Arteta's side.

The next stop in Arsenal's season is a crunch clash against long-time nemesis Bayern Munich as the two sides face off in the 2023/24 Champions League quarter-finals.

With Arsenal flying high atop the Premier League, and Bayern a whopping 16 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen off the back of consecutive defeats, the Gunners deservedly are favorites.

But is there any hope for Bayern over the two legs? ESPN's Derek Rae thinks that the German champions have their work cut out to halt Arteta's side.

“On the face of it, it's difficult to make a case for Bayern, Rae said on ESPN FC. “But I do think you have to look at the individual qualities on show, and we know that if Bayern play to their potential, they can give Arsenal a game in both matches, they can knock out Arsenal. I think Bayern still can feel they can do it. However, the scale of the task has not lost on them against a very good Arsenal.”

The Gunners come into this quarter-final clash in good form after dispatching Brighton 3-0 at the Amex at the weekend, a place where they have found the going tough over the years.

But this version of Arsenal is a different beast. Armed with a ferocious attacking power, midfield control, and a defense that gives little to nothing away, it is shaping up as an uphill climb for Bayern.

However, Munich still possess world class players, so this will be anything but a walkover, despite Arsenal being heavy favorites.

Munich has been here before; Arsenal hasn't for over a decade, so in a sense, it's uncharted territory for Arteta and his side. But at the Emirates and in front of what will be a raucous crowd, the Gunners will fancy their chances of getting a positive result.

While Rae struggles to make a case for Bayern over the two legs, Thomas Tuchel's side still have more than enough quality to once again end Arsenal's Champions League dreams.

Buckle up.