Champions League Preview: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

Arsenal and Bayern Munich will meet once again in the Champions League as the first leg of the quarter final will kick off on Tuesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal progressed from the round of 16 via a penalty shootout against Porto whilst Bayern progressed due to a second leg comeback against Lazio.

These two sides have had high scoring history between them in this competition, with Arsenal on the receiving side of heavy defeats in the past few meetings.

In the past three fixtures, Bayern Munich have defeated Arsenal 5-1 all three times.

Arsenal will be feeling confident going into this fixture though, as they have enjoyed a more successful season than Bayern so far.

Mikel Arteta’s side currently sit top of the Premier League table with 71 points having recently defeated Brighton 3-0 away from home at the weekend.

As for Bayern, their domestic season went from bad to worse as they were defeated 3-2 by 10th placed Heidenheim, now placing them 16 points behind the league leaders Bayer Leverkusen and on the same number of points as third placed Stuttgart.

Their loss at the weekend means that a win for Bayer Leverkusen this week will crown them as Bundesliga Champions.

Having also been knocked out of all the German cup competitions, Thomas Tuchel’s side can now turn their full attention to the Champions League for their last chance to win some silverware this season.

Harry Kane will be returning to face his old North London rivals in which he has scored 14 times in 16 matches against them for Spurs. 

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Bukayo Saka admitted that he was struggling in Arsenal’s recent 3-0 win over Brighton and came off after 60 minutes. Despite this, the English winger played down his concerns of an injury issue and is expected to start against Bayern.

The only player set to be missing for Arsenal is Jurien Timber, who is continuing his recovery from his ACL injury.

Mikel Arteta will be aware and cautious over the fact that both Declan Rice and Kai Havertz are just one booking away from suspension.

For Bayern, they have had plenty of injuries to deal with, as five players missed out from their defeat to Heidenheim. These included Aleksander Pavlovic, Noussair Mazraoui, Leroy Sane, Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman.

However, all of these players have returned to training which is a massive boost for Thomas Tuchel.

Sacha Boey, Bouna Sarr and Tarek Buchmann remain out injured.

GGFN | Matthew Gritton

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