Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on March 13, 2013

Alianz Arena

Arsenal are in Germany to try and pull off a ‘Miracle in Munich’ as we look to overturn a 3-1 deficit against the mighty Bayern Munich at the Alianz Arena to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

We find ourselves in this position after a disastrous first leg at the Emirates three weeks ago and we must now try and score at least three away goals to have any chance of qualifying for the next stage.

Bayern are in formidable form, have only lost once all season and hold a 20-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. They’ve only conceded 10 goals in the league all season and have a goal-difference of +57.

If we were in red-hot form and had our best team out, you could almost convince yourself it was possible of pulling this off. However, we head into the game low in confidence after last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham and it looks like we’re going to be fielding a severely weekend side, so unfortunately it might be damaged limitation this evening.

Team News

It seems Arsene Wenger has waived the white flag and admitted defeat, despite what he says in the press. His squad and team selection tells it’s own story. Reports on Wednesday morning claim the boss is going to rest Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla for the game with Francis Coquelin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny and Tomas Rosicky all expected to come in.

Wenger has also left first choice goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at home claiming the young Pole is mentally drained by the pressure put on him, meaning Lukasz Fabianski is in line to start his first game in over a year.

Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for 3 weeks with an ankle injury, Lukas Podolski didn’t travel due to his own ankle problem while Abou Diaby is facing a late fitness test to see if he’s in contention to start. Nacho Monreal is ineligible but Kieran Gibbs is fit and back int he squad. Bacary Sagna remains out so Carl Jenkinson will continue at right back.

Bayern will be without influential midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defender Jerome Boateng who are both suspended, while Frank Ribery is out with an injury. However, the Germans have the luxury of bringing in the likes of Luiz Gustavo and Arjen Robben.

Robben is also a doubt but even if he’s ruled out they can bring in the very talented Xherdan Shaqiri on the left wing.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Quite simply, Bayern are better than us. Even with our strongest eleven available they are superior in most departments. But with at least half our team either injured or ‘rested’, we’re going to be playing arguably the strongest team in Europe away from home with an extremely weakened side….I fear this could get messy.

However, Bayern won’t need to come out forcing the game or try to make things happen. They have a healthy lead to protect and this could be our only saving grace. I expect them to allow us plenty of the ball and look to hit us on the break and our only hope is to get an early goal and put them under some pressure.

But I just don’t see the eleven above being capable of doing what’s required to pull off a ‘Miracle in Munich’. Unfortunately, I can see them picking us off and sealing a comfortable win. Bayern Munich 2-0 Arsenal

What would be your starting eleven and whats your score prediction? Get involved in the comments section below.

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6 Comments

  1. Saitabau ole

    March 13, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The gunners if need 2 win the game 2day they must start a game with a high speed and they must score the first goal at the first 15 minutes of the game if they wish 2 win

  2. marcel

    March 13, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Why not?that squad looks good.they can do it if only they believe in themselves.Arsenal 4-0 Bayern.lets keep the faith.

  3. paul turinawe

    March 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    wat gunners can do is to get a draw

  4. Uzoma timothy

    March 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I see roscicky scoring an early goal for the gunners and AOC(OX) scoring another on the 45th minute of play with mario mandzukic putting 1 back on the 66th munite but olivier Giroud’s 84th minutes goal leveled the aggregate for the english and german gaints. But arsenal will win on penalties

  5. Borntobeagunnr(btbag)

    March 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Bayern munich 2-4 Arsenal our goals from Arshavin, setting up 2 assists with Gervinho and Chamberlain with Rosicky scoring a blinder agg 5-5, arsenal through to quarter final on more away goals differrence

  6. Jim

    March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Arsenal better win when was the last time we got thru first knock out stage of Europe it’s a joke and we won’t even get top 4 either we need to clear our deadwood and sign proven talents need a total revamp of defence I feel wenger has bought the totally wrong people a solid midfielder and a big quick deadly striker why we never bought loiic remy 2 years ago is beyond me

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