We’ll be up against Bayern Munich once again this Wednesday night, with everyone hoping for a repeat of our 2-0 win at the Emirates (everyone except Bayern and their fans perhaps).
We were close to full strength last time we met, but things have gone drastically downhill where injuries are concerned (via Arsenal.com).
Aaron Ramsey limped off injured during the second half against Bayern Munich, but thankfully we had the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott ready to take his place. Both players picked up injuries against Sheffield Wednesday though, and we’re now left short in that department. Joel Campbell put in a solid performance against Swansea, but he’s unquestionably a step below the other three.
With our right side looking weaker up front, an injury to first choice right-back Hector Bellerin couldn’t have come at a worse time (via the Metro). The Spaniard has suffered a minor groin injury, and is now set to be replaced by Mathieu Debuchy – who has looked less than spectacular when given a chance this season.
Elsewhere we’re missing David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, and long term injuries Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky. We really can’t afford any more injuries, so naturally we’ll get three or four against the German giants this Wednesday.
Bayern Munich have had a few injury problems of their own, but unfortunately they’ve eased slightly since our first meeting. Arjen Robben is back in action, and Medhi Benatia looks close to a full return. Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze, and Sebastian Rode are absent (via Sky Sports), but they’ve still got a huge amount of firepower.
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We’ve been in excellent form recently, but aside from their loss against us so have the Bundesliga champions. Bayern are going to be heavy favourites going into the game, but the underdog label can often be a blessing.
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Getting anything out of this game is going to be tough, but we’ve done it once and we can do it again. A point would be a brilliant result, and would put us in an excellent position to qualify.