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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: Preview, Lineups, Facts And Prediction

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Arsenal welcome Bayern Munich to the Emirates Stadium in a Champions League clash on Tuesday, as they look to bounce back from consecutive defeats in their first two games in the competition. Meanwhile, Munich are in red hot form, having won both of their fixtures in the European competition and also claiming nine victories from nine games in the Bundesliga this term. Defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos have turned this high-profile encounter against mighty Bayern Munich into a must-win game for the Gunners. Both teams will be looking for the three points, but Arsenal will be absolutely desperate for them.

Newcastle vs Arsenal
Newcastle vs Arsenal

The Champions League has so far been disastrous for Arsenal fans following successive defeats in their opening two games in the competition. Defeats at the hands of the group’s lesser sides has surely left Arsenal realistically eyeing a second-placed finish in the standings, that is if they manage to get some points against Bayern Munich. Wenger’s men have bounced back imperiously after their Champions League defeat to Olympiakos with a humbling victory over Manchester United and another win against Watford to follow things up in the Premier League. Arsenal will be without Danny Welbeck, Thomas Rosicky, and Jack Wilshere all through long-term injuries. The major news is that Cech is almost certain to earn his first Champions League start for the club given the injury to Ospina, while Gabriel is also available again after missing out against Watford.

Petr Cech
Petr Cech

Munich’s start to the Champions League could not be anymore different to Arsenal’s, as Guardiola has managed to lead his side to two wins from two games till now. The Germans have been even better in the Bundesliga, where they have recorded nine victories out of the nine matches they have played till now. Bayern go into the fixture knowing that they have had success in North London recently, where they have been able to score five and concede only one in their last two away fixtures against Arsenal. Robben will not feature away from home as he has been left out in Germany, but Lewandowski has been passed fit to feature. Bayern will be without Mario Goetze after he picked up a long term injury over the international break, other long term absentees include Mehdi Benatia and Franck Ribery.

Predicted Arsenal Line-up: Cech; Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerín; Cazorla, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil, Ramsey and Walcott.

lewandowski
Lewandowski

Predicted Bayern Munich Line-up: Neuer; Alaba, Martinez, Boateng, Lahm; Alcantara, Alonso, Vidal; Costa, Lewandowski and Muller

Predicted Scoreline: 2-2

Key stats

The two teams have played six times before with Bayern winning three, drawing two, and Arsenal winning only one.

Bayern have won two and drawn once in their three trips to London and have a 100 percent record at Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal’s only win came at the Allianz Arena when they won 2-0, but ended up going out on away goals.