Bayern Munich vs Arsenal: 11 things you need to know ahead of Today's Champions League clash


As Arsenal face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday for the opening leg of their Champions league round of 16.
The Gunners will be hoping for revenge after being knocked out of the competition by the German champions twice in the past four years.
But Arsene Wenger 's side face a tough task against Bayern, who haven't lost since November, as they look to qualify past the round of 16 for a first time since 2010.

Here's 11 things you need to know ahead of the clash in Germany:

1. When is the match and how can I watch it?   
The match is at Bayern's Allianz Arena this Wednesday with a 19:45pm kick-off.
You can watch the match live on BT Sport 2 HD, Suportsports on Dstv with coverage starting at 19:00pm.

2. Team news
Bayern's Jerome Boateng is set to miss the match as he continues rehabilitation after an operation on his chest muscle in December.
Team-mate Franck Ribery also misses out with a thigh injury, while Xabi Alonso is a doubt after limping out of training on Monday.
Arsenal are without Santi Cazorla who has been sidelined since October with an Achilles injury.
Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also missing as he continues to recover from a calf-strain.

3. Predicted sides
Bayern: Neuer, Lahm, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba, Kimmich, Vidal, Robben, Muller, Thiago, Lewandowski.
Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coqeulin, Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi, Sanchez.

4. Reasons for Arsenal to be optimistic
Alexis Sanchez is scoring goals for fun this season – he has 20 goals in all competitions.
As if that's not enough, they've beaten Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena before. Wenger's side bested Bayern 2-0 on their home turf in 2013.

5. Reasons for Bayern to be optimistic
Bayern have knocked the Gunners out of Europe three times in the past four seasons.
The German side haven't lost in 14 games, winning 13 of them.

6. Previous meetings
Nov 2015 - Bayern 5-1 Arsenal

Oct 2015 – Arsenal 2-0 Bayern

Mar 2014 – Bayern 1-1 Arsenal

Feb 2014 – Arsenal 0-2 Bayern

Mar 2013 – Bayern 0-2 Arsenal

Feb 2013 – Arsenal 1-3 Bayern

7. Recent Form
Arsenal's last five matches

Arsenal 2-0 Hull

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal

Arsenal 1-2 Watford

Southampton 0-5 Arsenal

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley


Bayern Munich's last five matche s

FC Ingolstadt 04 0-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke

Werder Bremen 1-2 Bayern Munich

SC Freiburg 1-2 Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich 3-0 RB Leipzig

8. Arsenal's Key Man
Most of the time the argument for Arsenal's key man would be whether it was Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez – but there's no debate this season.
Ozil has had spells of good form throughout the season but Alexis has constantly performed and without him Arsenal's season would already be over.
Sanchez has 17 league goals this season.

9. Bayern Munich's Key Man
Bayern will undoubtedly apply pressure to the London side, and they'll need to capitalise on that pressure.
Robert Lewandowski is the man to do that. The Polish striker has 15 league goals this season and scored in the German clubs 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal two years ago.

10. Betting Odds

Bayern Munich – 1/2

Draw – 10/3

Arsenal – 5/1

11. Quote Corner
Arsene Wenger on speculation he's 'near the end of his time' at Arsenal:
“I didn't give any indication about my future.
“I appreciate very much that you want me to rest absolutely, but I'm not ready for that.”
Arturo Vidal on wanting Arsenal to attack Bayern Munich:
“Here in Germany, all teams set out to defend when they are playing Bayern.
“In the Champions League, all teams are trying to play football.
“I hope Arsenal will play like they have been playing all season in England and want to play football against us.”

Uk Mirror.
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