Arsenal have nothing to prove against Bayern Munich

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Arsenal have nothing to prove in their forthcoming two-legged last 16 Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.

Sure, if Arsenal end-up getting thumped - which would no doubt set Piers Morgan off again - this could have consequences for the rest of the season. But, in truth, there's no disgrace losing to arguably the best team in Europe at the moment (and the current holders of the Champions League trophy).

As Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted though, his team are in a better shape now than they were when they went out to Bayern in the same competition last season. In fact, if anyone had suggested that, 12 weeks before the end of the season, Arsenal could still end up doing the domestic double this season, most Arsenal fans would have bitten your hand off.

In many ways, the pressure is all on Bayern Munich. Top of the Bundesliga by a country mile, they are firm favourites to beat Arsenal over two legs (especially with the second-leg being at home). Arsenal have nothing to prove - no-one seriously thought that they had much chance of success in Europe this season, so they can go into this game full of confidence after Sunday's Cup victory over Liverpool and, with the pressure off, could well end up pulling off an upset. 

And if they don't end up going through, then Arsenal can still focus on the FA Cup and Premier League. For once, this really is a no lose situation for Arsenal, and - despite what certain pundits would have you believe - no great disaster if they fell short.

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