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Bayern Munich: Champions League – Thoughts And Predicted Starting XI

More of this, please!

Morning, folks.

Right, you’re in for the a horrendously short preview today as I’m currently suffering with an upset stomach – nothing to do with nerves – and I have little or no inclination to write, other than for the sake of you wonderful people who read everyday, of course.

It’s a big ask tonight. Trailing 2-0 down and headed to the home of, arguably, the finest Club side strutting their stuff in Europe at present.  We have little or nothing to lose. Trawling through the majority of the best sports betting sites, it’s very clear that the opinion amongst media and fans alike is that Arsenal stand little or no chance of progression.

The team news is mixed. Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal both miss out, so we are looking at the prospect of either Vermaelen or Flamini deputising at left-back. I’d imagine that’ll be our Belgian skipper as Flamini is far more use centrally. Lukas Fabianski will continue of goal thanks to Szczesny’s suspension. Neither Aaron Ramsey or Kim Kallstrom have recovered in time.  Abou Diaby is unavailable due to prior commitments advertising porridge in Southern America.

Rotation isn’t looking likely given Arsene’s comments about winning:

“It is a possible task, that is the most important thing. My team has quality and ambition. History is important in our belief. We know we can do it, because we have already done it (before).

“The way to win is to produce a top-level performance and turn up with quality and belief.

“The statistics are against us, but we have won 5-1 at Inter, we have won everywhere in Europe,” he said. “We have had a few good nights in Europe but it would be absolutely great (if we won tomorrow).”

My guess at the team would be:

Vs Bayern Munich?

I hope we have a good go at them tonight. Given the fact we beat them on their own patch last season, any element of surprise will be absent and I’m sure that defeat will be ringing around their ears courtesy of Guardiloa’s team talk.  There’s nothing to lose, so why not go an have a right good try at it? Should we manage to pinch an early goal and put the heebee-geebees in Bayern, who knows what could happen. I shall predict a draw on the night, I’m afraid, and eventual elimination for Arsenal.

That’s all from me, folks. use the comments to discuss your thoughts on the game and the team selection. With a huge game at Spurs this Sunday, do you think Arsene should rotate the players or field our strongest available and go for a win? Let me know your thoughts.

I shall return tomorrow with a review of the game. Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.

Category: Match previews
  • lance says:

    if we still in with a chance in the 2nd half take of arteta , move ox to midfield and put gnabry on the right wing. if giroud is not effective take him out and put in podolski.

    March 11, 2014 at 11:09 am
  • nijjy says:

    the situation at left back sucks. monreal and gibbs both out. hope one of them recovers in time for the spuds game. i don’t like vermaelen at LB, and neither does he. it’s expected of course, coz it’s not his natural position and does not provide the same attacking thrust as gibbs.

    just hope we give a good game to bayern. i don’t think this is the game we should really have a go unlike the FA cup game against everton was, where our chances for trophy is bright. there’s surely no way we’re going to beat bayern into the next round. in terms of the league, we still have a chance of winning it inspite of chelsea’s 7 point lead. so even though we start a strong team against bayern, i think we should be cautious about the fitness of the players during the game and make substitutions with the spuds game in mind.

    March 11, 2014 at 11:43 am
  • Lewis says:

    I know that lightning doesn’t often strike twice, but I fancy our chances of us repeating last years heroics than I would have Wigan – and look how that turned out! COYG!

    March 11, 2014 at 1:45 pm
  • Joy says:

    Sorry ’bout your stomach, rockstar.
    I still am scared of that Flameteta combo. Buh if they can both play thesame way they did against everton, then ok.
    Here is to shocking bayern with a 3-3 scoreline.
    Later guys!

    March 11, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    • Joy says:

      Sorry. I meant a 3-1 scoreline. Like a reverse of what happened the last tym out.

      March 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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