Arsenal v Bayern Munich – Official Line-up and Preview

In case some of us didn’t know it already, the massive build up and interest in this game is telling us this is the biggest game of the season so far. Bayern Munich are definitely the form team in Europe this season, but if you take the whole year of 2015, then Arsenal come out on top and have claims on the most consistent team overall.

Arsene Wenger was keen to point out the areas where we have the better record than our German opponents. “We fight the whole season to be in the Champions League so [our aim is] not to go out. We want to be in every competition,” he said on Arsenal.com.

“In 2015 we are the team that has taken more points than everybody else, and we are still accused of being inconsistent. But in Europe it’s true we have been poor in our first two games -that is what we want to correct.

“We played well [against Manchester United]. But people didn’t give us credit to win 5-2 at Leicester where we had an outstanding performance.

“Physically, that was the highest performance of the season and I think we had not completely recovered against Olympiacos.

“But I think since the start of the season we are slowly moving up.

“If you look at our record in the Champions League, over 160 games nobody has a better percentage of winning than us. We want to win [the competition] but the obsession at the moment is to stay in it, not to win it.”

If we want to prove to everyone that those first two Group Games were nothing but a blip, an anomaly, a case of overconfidence – then there is no better way to do it than by beating Bayern Munich to set ourselves up for the knockout rounds. But first of all, let’s look at the Official Confirmed Team that Arsene Wenger is trusting to get the points:

Cech
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Coquelin, Cazorla
Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis
Walcott

Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud

As is the norm nowadays, Walcott is preferred to start the match, and Cech comes in for the injured Ospina as we all knew.

Tags Koscielny Sanchez Walcott

126 Comments

  1. Uzi Ozil says:

    Let’s do this boys….Arsenal All The Way!

    1. KickAssFan______Dear Wenger... says:

      We need to stay calm in this game.

  2. SoOpa AeoN says:

    gr8!………where’s gabrieL again?………. Someone keeps Lying to us!

  3. Koss the Boss says:

    Wheres Gabriel?

  4. Okayblack says:

    A good team, our best team. But only worry is Ramsey trying to make headlines… He’s trying too much. If he can play with the rest of the team, we stand a chance. GOYG, COYG!!!!!

  5. Tyno says:

    Previewed. Now time to view…after which we review.

  6. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    Perfect team all day and dailyyyyy

    3-1 to the gunners

  7. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Gunners, we have got your back. Give your 100% and all will come positive.

    COYG

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    BTW……. Time to see what this Yarmolenko has to offer tonight!

    1. Tyno says:

      Who does he play for?

  9. Uzi Ozil says:

    Calm down guys, Gabriel is probably not match fit. He is not even on the bench…

    Ramsey does well in my books in big games so let’s not complain, rather let’s support the team from wherever we are watching. Arsenal!!!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      Same with theo were gonna need him to be on form tonight come on arsenal

  10. papacini says:

    lol…just can’t stop chuckling….. arsenal against this Bayern with so much steel in Costa and Vidal.well gooners do your thing and stun the football world……chuckles

  11. Big Head says:

    I doubt we can win this?

    1. KickAssFan______Dear Wenger... says:

      From the look of things, we can, if only we can remain calm and take our chances.

      Boy, what a miss by Theo. Neur is good.

  12. Sack-Wenger says:

    Our strongest line up vs the in form team in Europe.

    Lets send them packing tails between their legs

  13. Sack-Wenger says:

    COYG give it your all.

    Beyern will try and dominate the game, lets be solid, defend together and i am sure we can beat them how we beat city.

  14. Sack-Wenger says:

    Per wtf

  15. Sack-Wenger says:

    That’s it boys, good play.

  16. Sack-Wenger says:

    Chech 1 – 1 Neuer

  17. Sack-Wenger says:

    Is everyone at the Emirates but me?

  18. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Good moments from both the teams….

  19. rkw says:

    Different footballing planet

  20. Bigvalbowski says:

    Is the BFG allowed to jump? Lol

  21. rkw says:

    I once actually believe wenger could create a team that would play football like bayern … Not anymore

  22. Jimbeam says:

    So far we are playing like we are away from home and dont need a win. Lets hope its a tactic and not the difference in strength of the teams.

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Bayern is on a different planet, sad that Arsenal is reduced to a counter attacking team that concedes so much possession.

      Are we playing 4 a point?

      Sack up and attack

  23. GunningSoulman says:

    Difference between us and them is shocking.

  24. Sack-Wenger says:

    Beyern finding to much space

  25. Goonsquad8 says:

    We just need to relax when we have the ball

    1. rkw says:

      We don’t have it

  26. Sack-Wenger says:

    I think counter attack is good for this game.

    1. rkw says:

      Uhh we have no other option

  27. rkw says:

    Alexis needs to take those chances

  28. Demwan Jones says:

    All i need is a miracle

  29. Sack-Wenger says:

    Wtf arrrrg

  30. rkw says:

    Don’t have a striker or a right winger … Walcott giver a f@”@@@@ break

  31. Sack-Wenger says:

    Walcott why why

  32. Demwan Jones says:

    Neuer wtf. Great save

  33. Bigvalbowski says:

    Theo and Ramsey just priceless

  34. Sack-Wenger says:

    For all their possession we have had better chances and should be leading, but alas it not to be.

  35. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    It’s 35 mins and we are not losing let alone losing 5-0. Maybe we can win this match

    Come on Arsenal baby Please

  36. Sack-Wenger says:

    The real Arsenal just stood up.

    Boom

  37. Sack-Wenger says:

    Arrrg too tame.

    But good movement by Theo

  38. Demwan Jones says:

    I really miss thierry henry

  39. rkw says:

    May as well bring on giroud … Walcott no threat to serious defences

    1. rkw says:

      Jesus some people will never learn … No wonder wenger has been able to hang on despite a barren decade … Even the bible thought 7 years was enough!!!! Giroud is more deadly around the box so give him a chance Walcott has given his best and it’s just not up to scratch

  40. Bigvalbowski says:

    Making some great runs but Theo is an abomination in the box.

    F#:@$G relax in the bof FCS!!

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      He just needs to relax he doesn’t realize that page gives him another half second to make a decision or pick up his head. He seems a little hurried but that will get better with more game time

  41. GunningSoulman says:

    Good first half tbh

  42. Demwan Jones says:

    1st half ends, we should have been winning this game

  43. rkw says:

    Wow … How that stayed zero zero I have no idea … But that was a lesson in how to play passing and pressing football … May as well bring on ox and giroud for Walcott and Ramsey as this is a must win game and wi only do it on counter or from a dead ball

    1. rkw says:

      Who thumbed me down … Exactly what happened!!!! Some people are football clueless

  44. juhislihis says:

    We can’t fluff chances like Theo did with his header. It might come back to haunt us.

    Anyways, good first half. All I pray is our players can keep up.

    Douglas Costa looks like Hazard 2.0, all dribbles no end product.

    1. Goonsquad8 says:

      He’s more of a gervinho lol but he’s got mad potential he’s young

      1. rkw says:

        You mean as by contrast with our right winger …!cant make some fans up … Would take the guy at the drop of a hat

        1. Bigvalbowski says:

          We have a right wing?

          Who knew

  45. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Maybe we should have scored but remember we are playing Neuer not Brad Guzan on other side.

  46. Roe-hahn says:

    We are looking extremely dangerous on the counter..Theo has been looking gud..needs to finish chances in the second half..i doubt there will be many..offcourse if we score first we might open the floodgates..

  47. papacini says:

    well I’m proud of the team so far except for Walcott not holding on to the ball enuf to create his own chances and score.ozil needs to close down his opponents in our half.so far so good.I think we can win this game

  48. Demwan Jones says:

    Still goaless in the other game, hope they get a draw

  49. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    I’m enjoying this game of football, COYG!

  50. Sack-Wenger says:

    We can really win this, we had better chances.
    This game is made for Theo, hope he gets some goals, I think he has bern playing really well lately just lacking end product. But I guess thats always our story

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Game kind of reminds me of Arsenal vs Milan when we won 5-1

  51. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    Theo and Giroud are not WC like Lewandowski, Muller, Costa, Aguero. We can’t expect them to tear through Bayern’s defense.

    They will be more effective against Everton

    Again blame Wenger for not getting a Top striker or any outfielder this summer

    I’m scared Lewandowski, Muller, Vidal are going to show us how good they are in the second half

    Are only hope is Alexis baby please and Ozil baby Please.

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Baby please stop with the baby please

    2. BabyPlease says:

      I still think we can win

      Just hold on defensivelyyyy babyyy pleeeeese
      And Alexis goals

  52. Sack-Wenger says:

    Costa looks good.
    Were we not interested in him a season or so ago?

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Not Arsenal quality of course, hes definitely no Ramsey. Lol

  53. GunningSoulman says:

    We give them too much respect

  54. rkw says:

    They work so much harder .. Individually and collectively … That’s jyst sh@@ management from us

  55. Sack-Wenger says:

    Feeling we going to get exposed soon, were is the crowd, I hear nothing.

  56. Sack-Wenger says:

    Bold is defence coach, why not stand up and organise the defence.

  57. Sack-Wenger says:

    Oh well there goes Ramsey for 3 months.

  58. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ooohh

  59. rkw says:

    4 times as many passes as us !!! Over 70 per cent possession … Wenger watching this?

    1. gooner100 says:

      @rkw you’re clearly just an anti Arsenal troll. You moan throughout the match, rubbish players, claim tactics are crap and revel in everything Bayern do….and you can’t bring yourself to celebrate our fantastic victory. Go away m8, you have proven you know nothing about players, or tactics and you have zero affection for the team.

  60. rkw says:

    But the differentce in effort is what blows me away

    1. Sack-Wenger says:

      Exactly, Beyern are putting in real effort when they dont have the ball.
      Its like we dont care.

  61. Sack-Wenger says:

    What changes can we make that can affect this game?

  62. rkw says:

    Walcotts jogging around is an insult who does he think he is

    1. Bigvalbowski says:

      Hell probably pull a hammy if he sprints. Bunch of glass joes

  63. Demwan Jones says:

    These players need to be releasing the ball on time

  64. Ronny331 says:

    You can tell we are a possession side, we have no idea ho to press as a team. Doesn’t help having a slow cb that needs protecting.

  65. rkw says:

    Maybe we r just wearing them down

  66. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ox gave Beyern a torrid time last time we met, hope he sparks something.

  67. Ronny331 says:

    When do we bring giroud on then? Need some good old physicality and hold up play soon 🙂

  68. Ronny331 says:

    Cant hear our fans!

  69. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please
    On the bright side Zagreb and Olympiakos are tied, so that will help us on the road to qualification

    But we still probably need a WIN against Bayern

  70. Sack-Wenger says:

    Og whooohooooo

  71. rkw says:

    Yessss my strategy comes good!!!’n

    1. gooner100 says:

      Lol you’ve been mocking the team for the entire game. Example of how to beat a team who press and pass lol!!

  72. Demwan Jones says:

    Giroud scoressss

  73. gooner100 says:

    YESSSSSS CMON YOU GOONERS!!!!

  74. Sack-Wenger says:

    Baby please baby please let us defend the lead

  75. Bigvalbowski says:

    What a finish OG!!! Lol

  76. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil having a bad game, he must come off.

  77. BabyPlease says:

    Listen Baby Please

    Who is a donkey NOW!!!

    And people who say Giroud can’t play well against big teams, remember this match

  78. Ronny331 says:

    Head to hand and in some luck for us sweet! Arsenal fans now singing! Want ox to score now. Mertesacker is tired and looking out of position frequently I’d like to see gabriel inject some energy and workrate now.

  79. Tyno says:

    People are lolling

  80. bhagalpuri says:

    coyg where are the moaners

  81. Sack-Wenger says:

    Kos the boss, cant find Lewa, worlds best st has gone missing, anyone seen him?

  82. gooner100 says:

    Famous victory! Great tactics, excellent individual and team performance. FANTASTIC!!

  83. Sack-Wenger says:

    Ozil haga 2-0

  84. Seetsuma says:

    Ozil!

  85. Demwan Jones says:

    Goallll

  86. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    I am lost for words!!!!!!!

  87. juhislihis says:

    GOGALALALALSLGLLALSGALSG

  88. RWRW says:

    I CANT BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  89. GunningSoulman says:

    Bellerin ay ay ay ay……what a spot by the linesman.
    Didnt see that coming

  90. RWRW says:

    PRACTICALLY IN TEARS OVER HERE!!!!!

  91. Sack-Wenger says:

    2-0 to the Arsenal yeah, so happy right now.

    Great team effort, well done guys.

  92. bhagalpuri says:

    penultimate nail in the coffin

  93. Twig says:

    Bellerin! What a player.

  94. Tyno says:

    Pls has Lewa scored?

  95. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    That spirit from Bellerin…. felt like Rosicky was back.

  96. ymoola says:

    CECHMATE!!!

  97. BabyPlease says:

    Listen baby Please

    A great win that will live forever in our hearts in infamy

  98. RWRW says:

    HECTOR BELLERIN= WORLDS BEST RIGHT BACK

  99. Lethal Prince 9 says:

    Best win of the season …. even if the goals were controversial and scrappy ones.

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