Arsenal and Bayern Munich face each other with a depleted squad
Arsenal and Bayern Munich will play each other at the Emirates on Wednesday night with a depleted squad. Arsenal will be without their key midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been struck down by another ankle injury. From the Bayern Munich ranks Franck Ribery has been ruled out because of ligament damage.
Bayern Munich will travel to the Emirates to play against Arsenal after defeating them 3-1 at Allianz Arena three weeks earlier. Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes believes his side is capable of winning the game, but has also warned his men against complacent form.
Jupp Heynckes reminded everyone of how AC Milan grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first-leg of the Round of 16 against Arsenal last year, but a superb 3-0 performance nearly ousted the Italians from the competition.
The Bayern boss will be missing the services of Franck Ribery, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng in the second-leg. Nonetheless, Jupp Heynckes believes the depth of his team is strong enough to overcome Arsenal.
Meanwhile, Arsenal pray for a miraculous return of their prodigal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The Gunners are also without the services of German international Lukas Podolski. Arsenal’s number one choice between the sticks, Wojciech Szczesny has also been rested.
A statement on Arsenal’s official website confirmed Arsene Wenger had made four changes to his squad for the Bayern Munich.
“Lukasz Fabianski, Abou Diaby, Andrey Arshavin and Kieran Gibbs have all been included in the 18-man group for the Champions League last-16 second leg at Allianz Arena,” the statement read.
“Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski (both ankle) have been left out, while Wojciech Szczesny has been rested. Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal is ineligible for the match, having represented Malaga in the group stages of the competition.”
Medical reports on Jack Wilshere suggest the England international is set to miss three weeks of action because of injury to his ankle.
Arsenal made a 3-0 superb comeback against AC Milan in the second-leg of the Round of 16 game last season. However, the Gunners were still kicked out of the Champions League because their three-goal attempt was still a goal short of the 4-0 hammering they received at San Siro.