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UEFA Champions League

  • February 19, 2013
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: S. Moen
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Champions League Preview: Arsenal - Bayern Munich

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 finalist.

  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 utilized at left back by Arsene Wenger.

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

Claudio Pizarro (illness) and Holger Badstuber (knee) will miss out for the Germans, 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.
  • Lukas Podolski has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this term. 
  • 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 quarterfinal victory over Manchester United on course to winning the tournament.
  • Mario Gomez (pictured, right) has scored 25 goals in 26 Champions League starts.

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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
23Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
25Vito MannoneGoalkeeper
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
24A. DiabyMidfielder
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
1Manuel NeuerGoalkeeper
4DanteDefender
-Daniel Van BuytenDefender
21Philipp LahmDefender
27David AlabaMidfielder
7Franck RibéryMidfielder
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
31Bastian SchweinsteigerMidfielder
8Toni KroosMidfielder
9Mario MandzukicStriker
25Thomas MüllerStriker
22Tom StarkeGoalkeeper
13RafinhaMidfielder
10Arjen RobbenMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
22Luiz GustavoMidfielder
44Anatoliy TymoshchukMidfielder
33M. GómezStriker

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