BAYERN MUNICH VS ARSENAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REVIEW

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Bayern vs Arsenal preview

Arsenal bounced back to winning ways on Saturday after beating Hull Tigers on Saturday at the Emirates stadium thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s salt bae finish and a late penalty which was conceded by Sam Clucas handball from the goal line which saw him receive a direct Red card from referee Mark Clattenburg. Arsenal had gone through back to back losses from Watford and Chelsea but their win at the emirates will hand them some much-needed confidence ahead of their Wednesday UEFA champions’ league clash with the Bavarians.

Here is the probable starting line-up for the gunners.

Goal keeper

David Ospina will probably take his place under Arsenal’s bar. The Colombian international was very impressive in the group stages helping his team finish at the top of the group ahead of PSG, Ludogorets and FC Basel. Ospina will have the supporters back following the recent “Petr Cech out” bandwagon gaining momentum due to the former Chelsea stopper’s recent poor unsatisfactory performances in goal. Cech should be rested on Wednesday and on Saturday as Martinez is expected to start against non league side Lutton in the FA cup.

Defence.

Laurent Koscielny and Mustafi are expected to start again on Wednesday. The duo lovingly branded “KOSTAFI” by their loyal gunners fans has arguably been one of the best defensive partnership in the Premier League this season and the more time they play together, the more their partnership improves, just like wine that gets better with age. The boss should obviously not disturb this working partnership.

Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal (rested for the league win over Hull city) are expected to start at Right Back and Left back respectively. Despite Gibb’s solid performance against the tigers on Saturday, Nacho Monreal has always been ahead of him (Gibbs) in the pecking order. Gibbs’ lovers always ask themselves what their favorite needs to do in order to convince the gaffer to start him more often.

Midfield

Arsenal fans have recently started to warm up to the “new man” in the middle Alex Oxlade-chamberlain. Coquelin has been seen as a one trick pony of late that can only offer his side energy, pressing and the occasional good tackle, whenever he tries the long ball, it most probably ends in a throw-in or misses a player in the Arsenal shirt. The boss should probably try a new partnership, THE OX AND GRANIT XHAKA axis.

Mesut Ozil has been known to perform well against Bayern Munchen and should be expected to assume his usual no 10 play-making role.

 

Attack

Well, this is where Arsene Wenger’s pleasant headache lies; he has more than enough personnel for the three most contested positions in the team. But the boss is expected to have the overly impressive Alexis Sanchez on the right-wing and Lucas Perez on left-wing. The fit again Danny Welbeck is expected to start upfront in a lone striker role. The England international striker is known to posses Sanchez and Giroud skills all wrapped up in one package.

With Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi on the bench, arsenal’s plan B is ready and sorted in case a change in tactic and approach is desired.

ARSENAL’S PROBABLE STARTING ELEVEN

OSPINA, BELLERIN, MUSTAFI, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL, OXLADE, XHAKA, PEREZ, OZIL, ALEXIS, WELBECK.

BAYERNS PROBABLE STARTING ELEVEN

NEUER, LAHM, HUMMELS, MARTINEZ, ALABA, ALONSO, THIAGO, VIDAL, MULLER, ROBBEN, LEWANDOWSKI.

 

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Author: Alexis Bryann

Soccer is my first love, every match day is valentines day for me!!!