Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has warned Arsenal that they will face a rejuvenated Bundesliga side when the duo face each other yet again in the reverse fixture at the Allianz Arena. The Gunners got the better of the previous exchange, hitting the Bavarians on the counter to secure a well deserved 2-0 win at the Emirates, but with a series of players out through injury, the Gunners face an uphill task to take anything out of the fixture this time around.
Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, who started the fixture at the Emirates, are unavailable and will be replaced by Joel Campbell and Olivier Giroud respectively, with the latter having scored at the Emirates. The Gunners are currently without eight of their first choice players including the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. This is likely to impede their pace up front and Bayern will not have to look across their shoulders to anticipate any runs in behind.
Vidal, who played as part of the midfield three at the Emirates, expects the game to unfold in the same way as it had at the Emirates but insists that the Germans will be more clinical in front of goal and seal the three points to progress into the knockout stages.
"We'll show Arsenal the real Bayern on Wednesday," Vidal told Bild am Sonntag, as quoted by Goal. "Our confidence is high. This time we'll take our chances and take the three points."
The Bavarians come into the game on the back of a 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga last Friday while the Gunners thrashed Swansea City 3-0 to announce their recovery from a humiliating 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday in the fourth round of the league cup last Wednesday. This was their first loss since that goof-up against Olympiacos at home in the Champions League and their form has taken them level on points with Manchester City at the top, who are ahead on goal difference.