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Incredible Bayern stat makes ominous reading for Arsenal

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Arsenal remain convinced that they can overturn a 2-0 deficit at Bayern Munich to snatch progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Boss Arsene Wenger has pointed to their 2-0 win in Germany last season, which saw them exit to Bayern on away goals after they won 3-1 in London.

The Gunners also beat Borussia Dortmund away in this season’s group stages, so Wenger has a point when he says: "History is important in our belief. We know we can do it."

However, this season’s Bayern is a different animal to that which won the treble last term – they are even more dominant.

So much so that they would have remained unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga matches without a goalkeeper.

Bearing in mind Manuel Neuer is the best keeper in the world at the moment – and that, according to our other stats partner Squawka, he is Bayern’s best player so far this season with a performance score of 997 – that is frightening.

Bayern's invincibility comes as a result of several factors - but Pep Guardiola's implementation Barcelona's tiki-taka style makes it incredibly difficult for opponents to get hold of the ball, let alone muster a shot on target.

Their domestic defensive record is incredible - they have only conceded 11 goals in 24 matches, while Neuer has kept clean sheets in 12 of those games.

Good luck getting past or even close to Neuer, Arsenal – you’ll need it!

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