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Official teams and Preview for Bayern vs. Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has gone for it. With Arsenal needing some soft of mini football miracle in Munich, I think he has done the right thing to name a very attacking line-up against Bayern Munich. The first goal could be crucial and so the boss is taking risks.

If it goes wrong and the Germans score first, I just hope that people don’t get on his back for his tactics. Arsenal bring Oxlade-Chamberlain in for Wilshere, while Arteta is preferred to Flamini alongside him. Both Cazorla and Podolski play, as do Ozil and Giroud.

Is Arsenal boss right to put pressure on referee?

There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal’s chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined the rest of the game for the neutrals and completely turned the tide against the Gunners.

Bayern boss worried after Arsenal’s early Emirates showing

Guardiola warns Bayern of Arsenal test by Ash

Whilst the Bayern Munich team had been warned of Arsenal’s potential before they had to travel to London, it seems as if they had no trouble beating the Gunners with the game going from bad to worse. A 2-0 defeat last month saw Arsenal’s hopes effectively slashed for progression to the next round with the bookies making Arsenal 8/1 outsiders (Check here before choosing an online gambling site). However some optimistic viewpoints will suggest to you that the Gunners are still in a good position to go through.

Ozil ready to thrill again for Arsenal says Wenger

When Mesut Ozil scored a very well taken opening goal for Arsenal in the FA cup on Saturday, Arsene Wenger must have felt a heavy weight lift off his shoulders. Because the man he smashed the club transfer record for in ASugust was beginning to look like a very expensive passenger.

The manager is the one who ultimately takes the blame, even though there is little he can do if players do not perform to their abilities. And the critics were sharpening their knives for the Arsenal boss. What a difference a week makes, though, with everything looking good in the Gunners’ camp.

Arsenal facing injury crisis ahead of Bayern and Spurs

As if a Champions League game away to the current holders Bayern Munich was not a daunting enough task, Arsenal may have to attempt it without some key players. Arsene Wenger is already having to cope without Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey< kim Kallstrom and Jack Wilshere and now he could have a serious problem in defence.

With Nacho Monreal already having picked up a foot injury against Sunderland, the last thing Arsenal wanted was to lose Kieran Gibbs. According to Sky Sports, however, that is a very real prospect. The Englishman was replaced towards the end of the Everton game on Saturday after picking up a calf problem. He didn’t train today and I’m sure that Wenger won’t risk him if he is not right, especially with a massive derby coming up at Tottenham on Sunday.

Arsenal stars bursting with confidence after FA cup win

It remains to be seen, of course, but you get the feeling that Arsenal have put their recent troubles and dip if form behind them. They certainly need to, as we reach the business end of the season still in with varying chances of success in three competitions and that has not been true for many a year.

Olivier Giroud was understandably upbeat after scoring twice from the bench and the French international is not alone in feeling that an upset could well be on the cards in Munich tomorrow. They might as well believe, because nobody else does. That confidence could be vital in what is going to be a very tough game.

How can Arsenal cope with brilliant Bayern?

No one at Arsenal was under any illusion that pulling off a repeat of last season’s Champions League win in Munich would be easy. In fact it would be close to a miracle, even though the Gunners did it before. We have to realise that Bayern took their eye off the ball a bit last time and we took advantage well.

Another blistering performance from the Germans at the weekend, in which they beat a pretty good Wolfsburg 6-1 away from home, shows that Pep Guardiola has made Bayern even stronger. They also seem relentless in their quest to be the first team to defend the European cup in it’s new format.

How Ozil and Podolski can keep Arsenal in Champions League

I am sure that I am not the only Arsenal fan who wants Arsene Wenger to alter his priorities a bit in the next six days. He would normally prioritise the Champions League over the FA cup with games in each coming within three days of each other, but has already hinted that he will field his strongest side against Everton on Saturday.

That does not mean, of course, that the Gunners will give up on Europe and I think that two of our German players could be the key to pulling off a real shock. Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil really have something to prove against Bayern Munich and are both likely to start.

Arsenal have just 1 chance to save the season…

What happened Arsenal? I have two days off and everything goes pear-shaped. Stoke, really? Actually, to be honest I am not that surprised. They are always a tough team to play at the Britannia Stadium and they are always up for a game against Arsenal more than any other.

The upshot of it all, however, is that Arsenal’s season is looking dangerously close to being another trophy-free one. Let’s be realistic, Gooners, we won’t be happy with another fourth placed finish, but iut still gets us into the Champions League, unless Manchester United win it of course, hahahahaha.

Is former Arsenal boss right about forgetting Champions League?

Arsenal are under no illusions about the sixe of the task ahead of them if they are to progress to the next round of the Champions League. Going to the home of the strongest team in Europe, if not the world, needing to score two goals and not concede just to earn an extra 30 minutes is a mountain of Everest proportions.

And the fact that the return leg in Munich comes just three days after the Gunners host Everton in the quarter-final of the FA cup, and face three huge Premier League games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Man City after Bayern, has convinced former Arsenal boss George Graham that the best thing to do would be to forget about Europe.

Champions League benefits outweigh fatigue factor for Arsenal

European football is conditioning for Arsenal by Big Gun

Hi Gooners, The Champions League is no doubt where a club’s true strength and abilities are conveyed. Many people around the globe continually claim the BPL to be the toughest league in the world, therefore sporting the biggest number of quality teams. (This statement is probably true since Chelsea, Man City and now most recently Liverpool became a force.) Even still, I think that CL results throws that theory toward the window a bit as in the last two decades, it has been predominantly Spanish and Italian clubs winning the tournament. A debate for a rainy day.

Arsenal mental strength gives BFG great optimism

There is no time for dwelling! by Ash

Arsenal endured a disappointing night only highlighted by the fantastic atmosphere that was ringing around the Emirates from the first minute till the last. The fans were fantastic but the team was not, in a game that was arguably Arsenal’s toughest of the season so far. Not helped by several opinionated decisions, Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to the hands of the German and European Champions Bayern Munich.