Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger signals during their FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Brighton and Hove Albion in Brighton, southern England January 26, 2013. (Photo : REUTERS/Philip Brown (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER))
The biggest Champions League matchup this week is a tilt between Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
The German side is the undisputed favorite to win. Not only is Bayern Munich the top team in the German Bundesliga, but the club also played in the Champions League final last spring. Meanwhile, Arsenal struggled in group play and has been inconsistent throughout the premier league season. Despite the underdog status, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not only confident in his team's chances to defeat Munich, but he also believes that the Gunners can win the entire tournament.
"We have a big game on Tuesday against Bayern. If we get past them, then why should we not go further and win it?" said Wenger on Friday.
Arsenal drew second place in Group B behind German side Schalke 04. Wenger's side defeated Montpelier 2-1 in the group opener and followed it up with a 3-1 victory over Greek squad Olympiacos. However, during the two matches against Schalke, Arsenal lost 2-0 and drew 2-2. Fortunately, the team regained its form and defeated Montpelier 2-0 to secure a spot in the final round. In the final Group match, Olympiacos defeated Arsenal 2-1.
Munich struggled in the early going of the Champions league. The team topped Valencia 2-1, but lost 3-1 to BATE Borisov in the second match. The team won its third match 1-0 over Lille, but failed to show the explosive offense that defined German soccer. In the fourth match, the German leaders pulled off a 6-1 win over Lille before drawing 1-1 with Valencia. In the final group match, Munich put on a dazzling offensive display in a 4-1 win over BATE Borisov.
Tuesday's match will be played at the Emirates Stadium in London. The return leg will be played on March 13 at the Allainz Arena in Munich.