Our Champions League season has unquestionably been disastrous so far, and after consecutive losses against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiacos our campaign may be over before it’s really begun. Things may hinge on the result we get against Bayern Munich this Tuesday night, so things need to be gotten right.
Arsenal fans were furious with Arsene Wenger for not fielding Petr Cech in the opening two fixtures, with David Ospina making some hugely costly mistakes. The Czech international will almost certainly start against Bayern though, as Arsene Wenger confirmed that Ospina had picked up an injury while on international duty (via Arsenal.com).
There’s also good news in defence, with Gabriel Paulista set to return to the squad – although not necessarily the starting lineup. The Brazilian mysteriously missed our clash with Watford, but Wenger confirmed in the same report on Arsenal.com that he was fit and in contention for Tuesday’s clash.
The manager went on to reveal that there were no new injury concerns following our clash with the Horns, so we should expect a similar team to the one that started this past weekend.
He also confirmed that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil would not be rested (via Arsenal.com), so it looks as though he hasn’t given up on qualifying just yet.
Regardless of who we field, this game is going to be hugely tough. Bayern Munich are arguably the in-form team in Europe at the moment, and any team in the world would struggle to get the better of them. They’ve won 12 games on the trot, scoring 40 goals and conceding just five; take a moment to think about that one, wow!
Unfortunately they have very few injury issues of their own, with only one real concern. Arjen Robben is nursing an injury, and although close to a return, won’t be fit for Tuesday’s game.
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It’s a massive game, with both teams fully fit and in good form. It’s certainly going to be an uphill battle, but we have the quality to get the win.