Created on 18-02-2014 at 15:53 PM
It is a stat with the power to surprise but it is true: of Bayern’s 17 European matches in England, Germany’s most successful club have only won four, although the last two away wins came relatively recently. Exactly a year ago FCB defeated Arsenal 3-1 in the Champions League Round of 16, while a group stage encounter on the road to Manchester City in this season’s competition ended in the same score. However, Bayern have lost six and drawn the other seven of their away meetings with English top-flight clubs. Overall FCB have played English teams 41 times, with Munich’s record just about positive on 15 wins, 14 draws and 12 defeats.
FCB poised to stretch away record
Prior to Wednesday’s Arsenal trip Bayern have won their last six straight away fixtures in Europe’s elite club competition, setting a new club record. A victory in London would see FCB equal the current Champions League record, set by Ajax Amsterdam from 1995 to 1997. Overall the men from Munich are undefeated in eight road trips (seven wins and a draw) with the most recent defeat back in October 2012, a 3-1 reverse against BATE Borisov.
Dante one card from suspension
Centre-back Dante is the only Bayern man who could pick up a ban in the event of a booking in the Champions League clash away to Arsenal. If the Brazilian sees a yellow card on Wednesday in London he would be suspended for the decisive return in Munich on 11 March. For Arsenal, Mikel Arteta serves out a one-match ban this week, with Wales international Aaron Ramsey only one card away from suspension.
Arsenal on top against German teams
Arsenal’s record against German teams down the years is a good one: in 14 home meetings to date the Gunners have triumphed nine times, with one draw and four defeats. Overall, Arsenal have won 14 of their 28 matches against German teams. Five games ended in draws and the North London side lost the other nine.