Gunners must next counter red-hot Lewandowski

MUNICH • Next up for Arsenal in the Champions League? Back-to-back games against Bayern Munich and the hottest striker in world football.

Robert Lewandowski now has 10 goals in 184 minutes after grabbing a hat-trick in Bayern's 5-0 rout of Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday.

Mario Goetze and Douglas Costa also netted as Dinamo's 45-match unbeaten run was halted in emphatic fashion.

Bayern's best start to a Champions League campaign - two wins from two in Group F, eight goals scored and none conceded - is in stark contrast to Arsenal's worst-ever start.

And the German champions are expected to get even stronger when key players return from injury.

Their dominance has come despite the fact that wingers Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery, as well as defenders Holger Badstuber, Jan Kirchhoff and Medhi Benatia, have been missing owing to injury.

"Six points in two games. This shows the team are in good form," said Bayern manager Pep Guardiola.

"We did not let anything happen at the back and we had tight control over the game throughout."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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