Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell believes the club has got a chance to overturn a two-goal deficit in the second leg of their European Champions League second round tie with Bayern Munich.
The Gunners face an uphill task when they face the reigning European and German champions at the Allianz arena tonight and the retired English international says it will only take consistent prodding at goal and resilience- like the first 20 minutes of their 2-0 first leg loss at the Emirate stadium- to humble the Bavarians.
“They did get into their backline in the first leg but then Arsenal missed the penalty and then it all swings the other way,” the former Tottenham and Portsmouth striker said in an exclusive interview with the BBC Sport.
Bayern last conceded more than two goals at home in February 2011- in the 3-1 loss to rivals Borussia Dortmund.
However, their last two home defeats in all competitions were against English opposition – to Arsenal last season and Manchester City in the Champions League group stage this season.
Arsene Wenger’s men became the first English side to beat Italian giants AC Milan in their own San Siro backyard in the same competition in 2008.
A Thiery Henry second-half strike helped Arsenal beat La Liga giants Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu, on their way to claiming the 2006 Champions League final berth, where they lost 2-1 to Barcelona- a game in which Campbell scored Arsenal’s only goal.
“Arsenal have got a chance,” he added. “They have got to put Bayern’s backline under pressure. The trouble is because Bayern are so good at controlling games in the middle and at the front it is very difficult to expose them.
“Hopefully, if Arsenal can get get through, break their lines and constantly – not once or twice – get into good positions around their backline then I think something could happen.”