It was just what the Doctor ordered, an injury to a Bayern Munich star. While Wenger contemplates an ambitious plan to somehow resurrect the tie, Gooners world-wide will be pleased to hear that the Barvarian’s coach Jupp Heynckes will have to do without the services of Franck Ribery due to a knock sustained on the weekend.
Although the Gunners have a massive mountain to climb with the Bundesliga side winning the first leg 3-1 on English soil, the task has gotten slightly easier with the news of Ribery’s omission and star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger suspension after picking up another yellow card at the Emirates. There are also reports suggesting that Arjen Robben may miss the tie with a calf problem.
Jerome Boateng will also be missing due to suspension, but the news that Munich’s winger Ribery will be unavailable gives Wenger’s side a glimmer of hope with one damaging attacking outlet definitely ruled out, however they will still have to contend with the likes of Gomez, Muller, Kroos and Mandzukic.
Ribery featured for the full 90 minutes in Bayern’s 3-2 Bundesliga win over Fortuna Dusseldorf at the weekend and scored the equaliser to make it 2-2 but complained about pain in his left ankle after the match, and his side have now confirmed that he will not be match fit in time for Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal.