Here we go again: Bayern Munich vs Arsenal match preview

After a two-month hiatus, a tricky return awaits Arsenal in the Champions League against Bayern Munich this week.

Team news

It’s unlikely that Wenger will make many changes to his starting eleven for this fixture, although goalkeeper David Ospina is set for a recall. The Colombian has asserted himself well in Europe this term and will be keen to get another opportunity.

Laurent Koscielny and David Ospina

Ospina at the end of the UEFA Champions league Group A football match between FC Basel 1893 and Arsenal FC on December 6, 2016 at the St Jakob Park stadium in Basel. (Picture source: Patrick Hertzog / AFP / Getty Images)

Nacho Monreal could also return to the starting eleven despite a lack of form this term, although it’d be disappointing to drop Kieran Gibbs given his solid defensive showings when called upon.

Olivier Giroud will be hoping to feature too, having been an unused substitute this past weekend. Granit Xhaka is also available.

Giroud (C) looks dejected during our 2-1 defeat against Watford

Olivier Giroud (C) was replaced at half-time during our 2-1 defeat against Watford and despite a goal during his cameo at Stamford Bridge, was not used this past weekend. (Picture source: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

Possible XI (4-2-3-1): Ospina; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Ox; Walcott, Welbeck, Özil; Sánchez.

The opposition

Arsenal will go into Wednesday’s tie with renewed optimism as Bayern themselves haven’t had it easy this term. Unpredictable as the Gunners are, Carlo Ancelotti’s side struggled in their group and they’re only now starting to build up momentum in the Bundesliga.

Stoppage-time strikes from Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben prevented them from dropping points away at Ingolstadt on Saturday. It’ll be that type of grit and determination that supporters will hope Arsenal show away from home, especially given the magnitude of the tie.

Away goals are essential in two-legged ties and despite their most recent encounter ending a 5-1 drubbing, Arsenal have battled hard in recent seasons against better opposition.

It’s important for them to start well and undoubtedly frustrate the hosts, who pose a goal threat across the pitch and have eight first-team players with three or more goals (all comps) this term.

Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben, Bayern's key danger men

Between them, Robert Lewandowski (L) and Arjen Robben (R) have scored 22 and created five assists in the Bundesliga alone this term already. They’ll be looking for similar effectiveness in the final third against an unpredictable Arsenal side on Wednesday. (Picture source: Christof Stache / AFP / Getty Images)

Franck Ribery is expected to miss out, as is Jerome Boateng (shoulder) but Xabi Alonso (knee) made a miraculous return to training one day after being injured.

Possible XI (4-3-3): Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Hummels, Alaba; Kimmich, Thiago, Vidal; Robben, Muller, Lewandowski.

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