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UEFA Champions League

  • 19 February 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: S. Moen
  • • Attendance: 59974
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Arsenal - Bayern Munich Preview: Wenger looking for response after shock FA Cup exit

The Gunners were dumped out of the cup by Championship side Blackburn on Saturday, and will have to be in better form if they are to deny last season's Champions League finalists

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen
Arteta, Ramsey
Wilshere

Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic

With Nacho Monreal cup-tied, Kieran Gibbs (thigh) injured and Andre Santos loaned out to Gremio last week, Thomas Vermaelen is likely to be utilised at left-back by Arsene Wenger.

Mikel Arteta is still not fully fit after recovering from injury and, as exclusively revealed by Goal.com on Monday, Wenger is believed to be leaning towards a front trio of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla and axing Olivier Giroud.

Javi Martinez (toe) missed Bayern's last game against Wolfsburg, but should return for the runaway Bundesliga leaders.

Claudio Pizarro (illness) and Holger Badstuber (knee) will miss out for the visitors, while Jerome Boateng is suspended.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal and Bayern Munich have met four times before in the Champions League, with the Gunners victorious just once.
  • Their last meeting was also at the Champions League last-16 stage, which the German side won 3-2 on aggregate in 2004-05.
  • Olivier Giroud has four assists in the group stages of the Champions League this season; only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has more with five.
  • Bayern Munich had the most different goalscorers in the group stage, with nine.
  • The German side also conceded the fewest shots on target in the group stage, with just 17 against.
  • The Bavarians last won in England in April 2001, with a 1-0 quarter-final victory over Manchester United on course to winning the tournament.
  • Mario Gomez (pictured, right) has scored 25 goals in 26 Champions League starts.

Players to watch

L. Podolski

Position: Attacker

Games: 1

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  • 0
  • 0

The former Bayern striker has perhaps not lit up the Emirates Stadium as much as fans would have liked this season, but with Wenger contemplating a more fluid attacking three with the German as the focal point, it will be very interesting to see his output in a more central role following a season on the left wing.

B. Schweinsteiger

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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  • 0
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The 28-year-old is one of the main reasons for Bayern's recent success. Arsenal will have to be on top form to prevent the athletic midfielder from controlling the game and painfully remind both the fans and Wenger of the likes of Patrick Vieira who used to dominate for the Gunners.

Editor's Prediction

While Blackburn may have walked away from the Emirates Stadium on Saturday with a victory, it would be naive to assume Bayern will have it all their own way on Tuesday evening.

The threat of Theo Walcott and the tenacity of Jack Wilshere cannot be ignored, but at the same time it is almost impossible to look beyond the wealth of talent the Bundesliga club have at their disposal.

Given their strength in defence, it would take a strong nerve to bet on the home side stopping Bayern triumphing at the Emirates.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Bayern München

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
44%
46%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 1
FC Bayern München BAY
Arsenal FC ARS
1 - 3
FC Bayern München BAY
Arsenal FC ARS
1 - 2
FC Bayern München BAY

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