Arsenal-Bayern Munich Goalscorer Special: Robben to grab headlines once again

Only Real Madrid scored more goals in the group stages than the holders – expect their Dutch winger to lead another attacking performance at the Emirates

Having conceded five against Liverpool less than a fortnight ago, Arsenal’s defence will be in for a busy night when they take on a Bayern Munich team with 20 goals to their name in just six games since the turn of the year on Wednesday.Die Roten ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met here at this stage of the competition last season, with Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic all on the scoresheet.

The latter is the team’s top scorer this season with 17 goals in 26 games in all competitions, and is bet365’s joint-favourite at 10/3 (4.33) to open the scoring here, with slim 5/6 (1.83) odds available on him to strike anytime.

However, his inclusion in the starting line-up is by no means guaranteed thanks to Pep Guardiola’s recent experimentation with a false nine up front, meaning Muller may provide the safer option to get the ball rolling at those same 10/3 (4.33) odds, having struck 11 goals in his last 19 fixtures in this competition.

Arjen Robben demonstrated his eye for the big occasion by striking the winner in last season’s final and, with eight goals in his last 10 games, the Dutchman offers excellent value at 7/5 (2.40) to bag his seventh goal in eight Champions League games this evening.

Having conceded twice from set pieces within the first 10 minutes against Liverpool, the Gunners will need to watch out for the threat of imposing centre-back Dante, who is well worth a pop at 11/2 (6.50) anytime odds after scoring three times in his last four games.

At the other end, an optimistic Arsene Wenger will ignore Olivier Giroud’s underwhelming return of just four goals in his last 17 in favour of a Champions League record that reads four in nine this season, with odds of 11/5 (3.20) generous on any striker finding the net at home, particularly one who scored when the sides last met.

After coming in for some criticism recently, Wednesday would be the perfect occasion for Mesut Ozil to prove his quality, and odds of 5/1 (6.00) on him getting on the scoresheet are certainly worth a pop considering six out of Arsenal’s eight group-stage goals came from midfield.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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