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Champions League Preview: Arsenal - Bayern Munich

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS


ARSENAL

Szczesny
Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen
Arteta, Ramsey
Wilshere

Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer
Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba
Martinez, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Kroos, Ribery
Mandzukic


With Nacho Monreal cup tied, Kieran Gibbs (thigh) injured and Andre Santos loaned out to Gremio last week, Thomas Vermaelen is likely to be utilized at left back by Arsene Wenger.

Javi Martinez (toe) missed Bayern's last game against Wolfsburg, but should return for the runaway Bundesliga leader.

Claudio Pizarro (illness) and Holger Badstuber (knee) will miss out for the Germans, while Jerome Boateng is suspended.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • Arsenal and Bayern Munich have met four times before in the Champions League, with the Gunners victorious just once.

  • Their last meeting was also at the Champions League last 16 stage, which the German side won 3-2 on aggregate in 2004-05.

  • Olivier Giroud has four assists in the group stages of the Champions League this season. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic has more with five.

  • Lukas Podolski has scored three goals from three shots on target in the Champions League this term. 

  • Bayern Munich had the most different goalscorers in the group stage, with nine.

  • The German side also conceded the fewest shots on target in the group stage, with just 17 against.

  • The Bavarians last won in England in April 2001, with a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Manchester United on course to winning the tournament.

  • Mario Gomez (pictured, right) has scored 25 goals in 26 Champions League starts.
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