Champions League Preview: Arsenal vs FC Bayern München

DATE

Tuesday 20th October, 2015

LAST MEETING

March 11, 2014 (Allianz Arena): FC Bayern 1-1 Arsenal

KEY STATS

  • Arsenal and Bayern Munich are facing each other for the third time in the last four Champions League seasons
  • Bayern Munich have scored 39 goals in their last 12 Champions League games, a rate of 3.25 per game
  • Arsenal have made it past the group stages in the last 12 seasons but have been knocked out at the last 16 stage in the last five campaigns
  • Only Cristiano Ronaldo (44) and Lionel Messi (26) have scored more goals in the Champions League than Robert Lewandowski (25) since 2012/13
  • Theo Walcott has made 49 Champions League appearances, and has been involved in all three of Arsenal’s Champions League goals this season (2 goals, 1 assist)

TEAM NEWS

Gabriel is Arsenal’s major injury doubt after missing Saturday’s victory over Watford but the defender is expected to be ready to compete with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for a place in the starting lineup. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are all out with long term-injuries, but Olivier Giroud will return to the squad after serving a one-match ban for his red card against Dinamo Zagreb.

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben didn’t make the trip to London due to injury, much to the delight of Arsenal fans. Mario Gotze, Holger Badstuber and Medhi Benatia are also unavailable but highly-rated young winger Kingsley Coman has returned to the first team and will be a cause for concern should he play.

PREDICTED LINUEPS

Arsenal XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez; Walcott

Bayern XI: Neuer; Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Lahm; Alonso, Thiago, Vidal; Costa, Muller; Lewandowski

PREDICTION: Bayern Munich WIN

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