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Lee Dixon: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, anything could happen

When Arsenal meet Bayern Munich tonight anything could happen according to Lee Dixon.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil (centre) during the training session at London Colney Training Ground, Hertfordshire Credit: PA

“When you mix the inconsistency of Arsenal in Europe with the class of Bayern it’s an intriguing mix” Lee Dixon told me, “it could be literally any result.”

Manchester United's players walk off dejected after defeat to Arsenal Credit: PA

After two miserable performances in the Champions League have left them bottom of their group Arsenal are on a high after beating both Manchester United and Watford 3-0 in the Premier League.

Theo Walcott battles for the ball with Watford'?s Craig Cathcart (right) Credit: PA

But there’ll be no place to hide if they crash out this early in the European campaign according to Dixon:

It would be a huge failure. There’ll be no excuses if they go out and finish bottom of the qualifying table.

But when their backs are up against the wall this club always seems to come together and pull a result out.

– Lee Dixon
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger Credit: PA

Whatever happens tonight it will be a tall order for the Gunners to qualify. Their next Champions League match is the return fixture in Munich before they face Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos again.

But it’s now the time of year when football fixtures come thick and fast and with Arsenal second in the Premier League next on the agenda’s a trip to Everton. And Dixon knows his old boss Arsene Wenger will be desperate to win the league again:

I get the feeling the priority is the same.

The benchmark is those 38 games. Win the league and then concentrate on beating the best in Europe.

– Lee Dixon

It’s a heavyweight clash in north London tonight. This one will be box office.