Wounded Bayern Munich looks to restore pride against Arsenal
BERLIN (AP) Bayern Munich will be looking to avenge its first defeat of the season when Arsenal visits the Allianz Arena for the reverse fixture in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Arsenal beat the Bundesliga leader 2-0 in London last month, putting itself back in contention for a knockout berth after losing its opening two games in Group F.
Greek champion Olympiakos hosts Dinamo Zagreb in the other group match, where a win for the home side would firmly boost its chances of qualifying for the second round.
Here are some things to know about the games:
After making a blistering start to the season with 10 straight wins in the Bundesliga - improving the record they had set themselves in the 2012-13 season - Bayern dropped its first league points of the campaign in a goalless draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday.
Pride was the biggest casualty, with Bayern's players complaining about Frankfurt's defensive tactics despite being under intense pressure for a period during the second half.
While defeat to Arsenal was written off as a freak occurrence - ''I can't explain it,'' said coach Pep Guardiola - Friday's draw was an altogether different matter.
Bayern looked tired, short of ideas, far from secure at the back, and wasteful up front.
Another poor performance will have alarm bells ringing in Bavaria.
Arsenal has a good record in Munich, where the side is unbeaten in its last two visits following a 1-1 draw in March 2014 and 2-0 victory in March 2013.
Including playoffs, Arsenal has won seven and drawn two of its last 12 away games in the Champions League.
Another win on Wednesday would pull Arsene Wenger's side level with Bayern on six points.
Despite Arsenal missing Theo Walcott (calf), Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) among others, Guardiola warned Tuesday that Wenger's side is ''strong enough.''
Arsenal is level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League but has struggled in Europe, where two defeats in its opening games to Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb have left the side bottom of Group F.
The surprise 2-0 victory over Bayern boosted its hopes of reaching the knockout stages. Arsenal blended a swift counter attacking style together with a rigid and disciplined defensive showing, but Gabriel Paulista believes a different strategy is needed to beat Bayern again.
''We're a big team, we're Arsenal and we need to attack because we need the result,'' Gabriel said. ''But we need to attack with intelligence and make sure we don't suffer a defeat and complicate our situation for the rest of our competition.''
Olympiakos is looking for back-to-back victories over Zagreb after Ideye Brown's late winner gave the Greek side a 1-0 win in the Croatian capital on Oct. 20.
Olympiakos' 3-2 win at Arsenal in September has given the side the edge in the race for second place with Bayern expected to finish top of the group. It had been the club's first away win in European competition after six straight defeats.
Marco Silva's side is also impressing domestically, where its nine-game winning start to the Greek Super League is the club's best since 1979.
Dinamo, on the other hand, has lost four of its last seven games. Its 45-game unbeaten run across all competitions was ended in the 5-0 defeat at Bayern on Sept. 29.
Jack Bezants contributed from London.