TEAM NEWS: Ozil keeps place in Arsenal starting XI for Bayern clash

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Reports had suggested the former Real Madrid midfielder may be dropped at the Allianz Arena, but Theo Walcott is instead left out by Arsene Wenger

Mesut Ozil has kept his place in the Arsenal starting XI for their clash with Bayern Munich despite reports he could be dropped.

Ozil must prove his big-game worth

The Germany international has been in inconsistent form in 2017, but will start as part of a three-man forward line at the Allianz Arena.

The Gunners have made two changes from their side that beat Hull City on Saturday, however, with David Ospina replacing Petr Cech in goal and Granit Xhaka comes in for Theo Walcott.

Bayern, meanwhile, have been boosted by the fitness of Xabi Alonso and Arjen Robben, who have both been passed fit to start following injury problems.

There is no place in the team for Thomas Muller, though, who must make do with a place on the substitute's bench.

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Martínez, Alaba; Xabi Alonso, Vidal; Robben, Thiago, Costa; Lewandowski.

Arsenal: Ospina; Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Gibbs; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Xhaka; Iwobi, Ozil, Alexis.