Former Arsenal man: Bayern are boring

Jens Lehmann

Jens Lehmann has stated that the Allianz Arena outfit are not challenged in the Bundesliga and wouldn’t have things as easy in the Premier League.

Arsenal face a tough task in midweek as they travel to Germany to face European champions Bayern Munich – with a 2-0 deficit to make up from the first leg.

The Gunners beat the Bavarian giants by the required score last season while in the process of being eliminated, and will need another monumental effort if they are to avoid being dumped out of the Champions League.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has been vocal in his thoughts about Pep Guardiola’s men and stated that they are boring domestically due to a lack of real competition.

"I have to say the challenges they are facing in the Bundesliga are not too high,” the retired goalkeeper told The Guardian.

"Their opponents really don't know how to play them. They don't even find a way of trying.

"Bayern wouldn't go unbeaten in the English league. The depth of the Premier League in terms of quality is higher, even if it is not at the top any more.

"Watching them is a little bit boring as well. They start playing around the back just in case they are pressurised and then slightly go forwards.

“It's not a pacey game going forward. They step forward bit by bit until they are in the final third and then they have great quality players who can make the difference."

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The first leg at the Emirates Stadium was changed when the Gunners were reduced to ten men, with Bayern taking control of possession thereafter.

Bayern are looking to go on and retain their Champions League crown after beating countrymen Borussia Dortmund in the final last year.

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