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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich in a round of 16 game in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.


Arsenal will take some confidence from their FA Cup win over Liverpool on Sunday where inspite of being the second best team in major parts, the Gunners hit the Reds on the break and successfully secured qualification into the next round.

The fact that they managed to thwart the attacking duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge over 90 minutes without nine first choice players in the starting eleven should bode well for Arsene Wenger, who does not have happy memories of the same fixture last season.

The Gunners have been very solid at home this season, losing only thrice thus far and only once in the Champions League.

However, Wenger will be disconcerted by the fact that their only loss came against German opposition in Borussia Dortmund in the group stages and will have their record against German clubs at home at the back of his mind.

The Gunners lost to Schalke and Bayern last season and will be looking to cast off their voodoo and move into the next round after two consecutive seasons without progression.

Meanwhile, Bayern will take confidence from their performance against Arsenal at the Emirates last season where they beat them 3-1. This season, they come into the fixture with Pep Guardiola in charge who has failed to beat the Gunners in his two visits to north London with Barcelona thus far. They will be boosted by the return of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is back into the first team.

Bayern Munich Robben Muller Ribery
Bayern Munich players Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller celebrate a goal against Hannover in their Bundesliga game, September 14 Reuters

What the Managers Say

Arsene Wenger: "I was most impressed by the Barcelona team at the peak, through the speed of their passing and the speed of their game. Until now, in my life, it's the best team I've played against. The first time we played them at the Emirates, the first half an hour was the best I've seen. Last year Bayern won everything. Maybe in the style there is always room for improvement but if they just do the same achievements this season they can say they have improved because it's more difficult to do it again."

Pep Guardiola: "Life is not only trophies. Arsenal compete with huge teams. Important teams. For me, they remain a good team and a good club. I know the association is, if you win you are the best, if you are second you are the worst. I have a lot of respect for Arsène. He always likes good players, always plays in a good style. If we give the ball to them, we are going to suffer."

Form Guide


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W D L W D
  • Last Result: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool

Bayern Munich

  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W W W W
  • Last Result: Bayern Munich 4 - 0 SC Freiburg

Team News


  • Injured: Theo Walcott(knee), Aaron Ramsey(thigh), Abou Diaby(knee)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Mikel Arteta

Probable Line-Up: Szczesny; Gibbs, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Sagna; Flamini, Wilshere; Ozil, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Giroud

Bayern Munich

  • Injured: Xherdan Shaqiri(hamstring), Frank Ribery(buttock)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Line-Up: Neuer; Alaba, Dante, Boateng, Rafinha; Lahm, Schweinsteiger; Tiago, Muller, Robben; Mandzukic