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UEFA Champions League

  • 13 March 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: P. Kralovec
  • • Attendance: 68000
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Aggregate 3 - 3 Bayern München win on away goals

Bayern Munich - Arsenal Preview: Gunners aim to make history with unlikely comeback

The Champions League has never seen a team turn around a two-goal home deficit in the knockout stages but Arsene Wenger's men must put at least three past the German giants


Franck Ribery (ankle) limped off during Bayern Munich's 3-2 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday and is confirmed to miss the game, while Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng are suspended.

Jupp Heynckes is set to give starts to Luiz Gustavo and Xherdan Shaqiri against the Gunners, while Arjen Robben (calf) is a doubt after sitting out Saturday's match.

Arsene Wenger is set to name the strongest side possible having not had a fixture since March 3 but Nacho Monreal is again unavailable, meaning that Thomas Vermaelen will deputise at left-back.

The second leg may prove too soon for Bacary Sagna (knee) so Carl Jenkinson is likely to start, while Abou Diaby (calf) could return to the bench after sitting out the north London derby.

Reports emerged on Monday night that Jack Wilshere (ankle) is set to miss the game and potentially the rest of the season.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bayern Munich's superb win at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg means that the Gunners have not beaten the German side in five Champions League encounters.
  • The Bavarians have conceded three goals at home in total the Champions League so far this season – a statistic that Arsene Wenger's side need to at least double in this game alone to go through.
  • Mario Mandzukic (pictured right) scored in the first leg, making him the 10th different player to net for Jupp Heynckes's side in Europe this term.
  • If Arsenal fail to progress, it will be the third year in a row in which they have crashed out at the last-16 stage of the tournament.
  • Only two sides – Ajax and Inter – have previously made it through after losing the first leg at home.

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Available Squads
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
39Toni KroosMidfielder
18Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
26Diego ContentoDefender
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
14Claudio PizarroStriker
33Mario GomezStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker
Players to Watch
Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Germany winger scored Bayern's second in the first leg and has terrorised defence after defence with his superb pace and skill. The 23-year-old netted in last year's final against Chelsea and will be all too familiar to English fans after his part in the 4-1 demolition of the Three Lions at World Cup 2010. Thomas Vermaelen will have his work cut out to deal with the Bavarians' serious threat down the right-hand side.
Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 12
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
With reports of Jack Wilshere's injury likely to push Santi Cazorla back into the No.10 role and Lukas Podolski out wide to cover, the French striker may be given an opportunity from the start. Giroud has been in and out this season but has shown a capability to both score and create on his day; Arsenal will need the kind of form that saw him top the Ligue 1 scoring charts last season.
Prediction
Arsenal have only kept one clean sheet in Europe this season but they must keep one here if they are to have any chance of going through. However, the Allianz Arena is something of a fortress and Bayern are scoring goals for fun, making this look a step too far for Arsene Wenger's men. With fourth place in the Premier League looking increasingly difficult, this could be the Gunners' last Champions League match for at least 18 months.
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