Official Arsenal team and preview for trip to Bayern Munich

Arsene Wenger has had his Arsenal team selection options reduced even further this week and that means that the Frenchman has not had too many big decisions to make for the team to play Bayern Munich at the Allianz arena tonight. In a way this might help our Champions League hopes, because the pressure is off and not many people expect an injury hit Arsenal to be able to cope with the German giants.

As we thought would happen after his goal scoring Premier League starting debut against Swnasea at the weekend, Joel Campbell gets the chance on the right side of our front three once more, with Olivier Giroud leading the line and Alexis Sanchez on the left.

The only real surprise in the Arsenal XI for me is to see the name of Gabriel starting alongside Per Mertesacker with the France international Laurent Koscielny on the bench along with Calum Chambers, Gibbs and Flamini. There are three very inexperienced young Gunners on it as well, with the keeper Matt Macey, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi highlighting just how many first team players are not available to the boss.

But the Gunners have a good recent record away to Bayern Munich and so all we can do is hope for another minor miracle.

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141 Comments

    1. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Mertesacker should just do this team a favour and drop his badge!…….. What nonsense!

      1. galaxygooner says:

        What were you expecting before. A win?
        They came to our Emirates and ran the game from start to finish like they owned the places.
        The only thing lacking was goals

    2. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Hi guys!………..oLympiacos equalizes!………Bingo

    3. SoOpa AeoN says:

      Dear Lord!………..this game should just end at 70mins pls

    4. SoOpa AeoN says:

      EUROPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  1. samgunner says:

    what is wrong with our players always injury prone well even if we lose no hard feelings…the league is our no 1 priority

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha
      and next month you will be saying the same thing about the Fa cup lol.?

  2. bamiprof says:

    If you are fit to be on the bench, you should be starting, what if there’s an injury and you need to come on!

    1. galaxygooner says:

      Well, the bench is crap and so are some players in the first eleven.
      The carling cup exits perfectly exposed some of our deficiencient players.
      Imagine what impact players like Sissoko, Douglas Costa and ibrahimnovic would have done to improve this team.
      Instead, we were extending the contracts of finished players

  3. Gunnerbongo says:

    A draw would be a great results but COYG lets make 1-0 counts.Joel Campbell with a screamer.

  4. antiwenger says:

    per mertesacker starting ahead of koscielny???Wenger must be high

    1. Darlingbudsofarse says:

      They say Kos has a hip problem! This team really tells me we do not have any strength in depth as Wenger dreams to think. I’m dreading a Man U 8-2 score! No God don’t let it happen to us again.

  5. rkw says:

    What was that about strength in depth this season ….. Mainly just hoping we don’t pick up any injuries to starting eleven … Need to keep tight for first 20 mins suspect they will be out not just to win but to overwhelm … Still think their defence is vulnerable so big test for Campbell

  6. JayT says:

    Debach at RB. Haven’t been this nervous since the days of Andre Santos

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      I’m hoping he might be the type to raise his game for the big match…hoping anyway…

  7. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    & SO HELP US GOD AS I FEAR FOR THE LADS AND THE SCORELINE TONIGHT. IF HOWEVER WE GET AWAY SNEAKING A VICTORY, WE THE FANS SHOULD MARCH DOWN TO THE PALACE AND DEMAND WENGER IS CROWNED THE KING OF NORTH LONDON WITH EVERYONE BAR NONE LIVING IN THAT SECTION OF THE CAPITAL OBIDIENT TO HIS BECKON AND CALL! HE SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN THE FREEDOM OF THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!

  8. galen says:

    I feel your pain bro. To be honest I can’t understand what happened to debuchy. Jack constantly gets injured yet he comes back with a bang. Debuchy is like Chelsea. Its difficult to understand what the actual problem with him is. We have lost almost every game he has played in.

  9. Bumpy says:

    The injury problems highlighted again tonight raise questions about the club’s and the manager’s handling of the players’ fitness. It is interesting to hear what Chris Coleman has to say about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34723830

    He is talking about how Ramsey was managed in the run up to his injury. He makes a number of good points that may give an insight into how/why we seem to incur so many injuries.

  10. ahappygunner says:

    Don’t BT have the two worst commentators in Hargreaves and Owen – will watch game with radio on instead

  11. ArseOverTit says:

    F@ck

  12. rkw says:

    Long night … Too many misplaced passes …don’t look confident

  13. rkw says:

    Ozil!!!!!!!

  14. ArseOverTit says:

    Noooo! How is that handball?

  15. juhislihis says:

    How the f’k was that a handball?

  16. rkw says:

    Jesus … Defence looks fragile

  17. rkw says:

    We can’t keep the ball … That’s a basic at this level

    1. galaxygooner says:

      We have not being able to keep the ball in 50% of the matches we have played this season.
      Swansea, liecester, Munich, United, Liverpool and on and on.
      We are still 4 players short to be contenders

  18. blondin says:

    mert is one slow and dumb snail-must be released from the club

  19. Twig says:

    Cazorla not in the game so far. When he plays well, Arsenal plays well….

  20. Dennis says:

    Wenger has to figure out how to curb this injury crisis. You can’t go to bayern with 9 injuried players, 3 or 4 that could be first team players and expect to dominate.

    1. GoonerLad says:

      What annoys me the most is our injuries have all affected our ENITRE right side, no walcott or chamberlain to pressure the defenders, no ramsey to help with our attack and defence, and no bellerin or koscielny who are part of the back 4 that’s been getting us clean sheets. Why is it ALWAYS our most IMPORTANT players getting injured

    2. GoonerLad says:

      What annoys me the most is our injuries have all affected our ENITRE right side, no walcott or chamberlain to pressure the defenders, no ramsey to help with our attack and defence, and no bellerin or koscielny who are part of the back 4 that’s been getting us clean sheets. Why do our injuries ALWAYS happen at the wrong time ??

  21. rkw says:

    Alexis and ozil only players that look like they r playing anywhere near the level of bayern

  22. Charlie Nick says:

    Just give the Bayern players a whistle,…the ref gives them anything they ask for.

  23. Twig says:

    Why does our technical bench hide behind the canopy???… Guardiola has been standing all along :/

  24. rkw says:

    They are a different level to us … Just need to accept that and recognize that the Frenchman can’t build a team to compete at this level …

    1. rkw says:

      Laughing at the idiots on this site … Tribal myopia at its worst

      1. Charlie Nick says:

        Find another site then wise guy

        1. rkw says:

          Find another team mate …. Stoke need idiot fans who don’t mind supporting team who can’t match best in the world

          1. Charlie Nick says:

            Aww give us a break. You actually LOVE when Arsenal get beat so you can whinge and give us your ‘wisdom’. You never have anything positive to say ever.
            “You know nothing”

            1. rkw says:

              Uhhh brilliant!!!! Keep drinking the kool aid .. Wenger loves that …. Refs injuries weather crowded agenda injuries bad luck refs.. 5 years of wenger imposed failure and u still have your rose tinted glasses on tight and you bag of football cliches to sniff when feeling down… But actually there are plenty of positives bellerin … Coquellin ( but limits exposed here) wilshere ( idiot fans font like him I know but this is the game where we miss him) Alexis ozil cech ( I was wrong there) … Just not enough to put us where we should be in the european elite …save your football wisdom for mark Hughes he needs it

          2. gooner100 says:

            Jeez mate why do you support AFC? Whatever the result, however we play, every match thread you’re on here hoping we get whacked. You just spew negativity…every bloody game. Go away you total idiot. If you were in the stands, no gooner would take it, you’d be told to F off. On here you get away with it week in week out.

            1. rkw says:

              I support arsenal fc not Arsene fc … There is a f@@@@@@ difference for fans following this club before 1995 … Sad lot

              1. gooner100 says:

                Complete bs. I’ve followed the club for longer than wenger has been there and I’ve loved the great highs and can live with the lows. This is a single game yet p***** like you just come out and slag the team at the first opportunity. As I say you’ve got no character, fairweather fan.

                1. rkw says:

                  Single game… Lol….So mr character (your grip on the English language is remarkable have to admit that) perhaps you might have noticed … We haven’t won anything for more than a decade … And we are nowhere near the top clubs in Europe …and I have been slagging wenger for 5 years as unable to get us back to the top and am a proud arsenal fan for doing so … So far for all your brilliant football knowledge I have called it and you are on a permanent 4th place high so keep your high (and lows)… And your fair weathers …and character assessment…and your idiotic loyalty references … Will just call it as I see it and continue to support a club I’ve done for decades …. Pathetic

                  1. gooner100 says:

                    I’m struggling to identify where to find the continuation of your support bit….point me to the article…or even comment.

                  2. rkw says:

                    I can provide the address of a good rehab clinic think that might be more helpful

  25. Charlie Nick says:

    Aaarghh 2-0 !
    Can’t stand another minute of this…
    And Owen Hargreaves is doing my nut in…underachieving, talentless git

  26. TioMoses says:

    Mertesacker & Debuchy are not doing us any favours tonight so far.

    Owen Hargreaves is painful to listen to, I hate BT.

  27. gunnerman8701 says:

    Hope it doesn’t get embarrassing. Seems we will be hanging on the thread.

  28. joeboy says:

    Sometimes you have just got to throw your hands up and say they are the better side

  29. TioMoses says:

    We literally haven’t got anything from the refs so far. Ridiculous

    1. rkw says:

      Seriously … U r blaming the ref!!!!!!…. Jesus christ

      1. TioMoses says:

        Did I say we were losing because of the ref? Pretty sure I did not.

        Just pointing out that the refs aren’t giving us anything.

        1. rkw says:

          The comment was so stupid so why say it ….as if it mattered …

    2. joeboy says:

      You sound like mourinho

  30. ArseOverTit says:

    I like the way we seem to feel the need to make it easier for Bayern by keep passing them the ball when we finally get it!!!

    #longNight

  31. Demwan Jones says:

    Europa league , here we come. Its just a pity

  32. Demwan Jones says:

    Olympiakos losing, slim chance 4 us

  33. TioMoses says:

    Hargreaves: “Bayern are the best team in Europe, Bayern this, Bayern that. I love Bayern”

    Get off their nuts mate

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      Does BT stand for ‘Bayern TV’ ?

  34. rkw says:

    The gap between arsenal and the best in Europe is massive am sorry to say and the only person yo blame is our geriatric frog

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      blah blah blah
      You’re boring the tits off me mate

  35. Demwan Jones says:

    Now its time to pack d bus

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Good idea… Pack the Bus and drive back home,
      I don’t think anyone will notice ?

  36. Koss the Boss says:

    Well that was god awful to watch but fair play Bayern are on another level, ref doesnt help tbh bt wouldnt change much…. we are not good enough in europe simple as n thats wenger. What did we expect with Bellerin/Boss not playing?

    Concentrate on Spurs this weekend… get young Adelide on to let him experince the big scenes!!

  37. Ronny331 says:

    Didnt expect too much more than what we are seeing when I heard bellerin was out along with all the other injurdt plqyets I feared the worst. #gulf in class

  38. Darlingbudsofarse says:

    I’m happy seeing Arsene Wenger suffering on the touch line. The man is embarrassing our dear club! I said 8-2 earlier and some snotty-nosed amateurs marked me down. Wenger said he didn’t find any better players than ours hence he didn’t buy anyone during the transfer window. Really? Where did Bayern get Costa at that price for? Wenger should leave now after what I believe will be a humiliating defeat. The man is a joke. Yes second in the premiership but now at what cost to the team and we play Spuds next?! I feel like sleeping now and waking up in August! Comatosed by Wenger and his intransigent ways! Stupid man!

    1. gooner100 says:

      I’m amazed how pathetic you haters are. Every opportunity, any situation you come out and trash the club. This is one game, against one of the best in the world, Bayern, away, with several key players missing. Where’s your effing loyalty to the club?????

      1. rkw says:

        Where the f@@@@ is yours more to the point …

        1. gooner100 says:

          Stfu idiot. I’m a gooner come rain or shine. Not a fair weather supporter.

          1. rkw says:

            My god you are bottomless pit of idiotic cliches too .. No response to that kind of brilliance ..i surrender …

            1. gooner100 says:

              Cool. I imagine it’ll be appreciated by most on here if you do now stfu.

    2. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Hahaha
      why are you upset for?
      You were being generous with your predicted score line!
      Unless you had Munich down for scoring 2 own goals?

      I just hope that wenger takes Sanchez, Ozil and Coquelin off at half time!
      Safe them for the spuds!

    3. galaxygooner says:

      Haha.
      Some of our fans too were repeating the garbage about not finding players to improve the team.
      Imagine having Sissoko and coqueliin to shut up shop.
      With giroud, no counter attack is possible.unless it is served on a plate in front of the goal, he ain’t scoring. No plate, no goal.
      Debushit is something else. Saw him in south Africa 2006 world cup, never rated him ever since.
      Mertesacker is slow, too slow for games like this.
      If we do not address the deficiencies in January, forget about winning the league. We are 4 players short.

  39. ArseOverTit says:

    Observations of first half:

    Campbell can’t pass or control a ball

    Per is getting slower (I thought that impossible)

    Pep talks to his players every chance he can – Wenger no.

    Bayern are class, and they paid for key parts of their team (not kings ransoms) to make them so. We didn’t.

    Injuries didn’t help our cause, again

    Owen Hargreaves IS the most boring human being and least suited person to be a presenter in the world (after Paul Scholes).

  40. Classygunner says:

    Another night for the arsenal haters under the disguise of fans. Arsenal all the way!

    1. rkw says:

      Oh dear.. Your panglosian football fantasy world been invaded by a bit of footballing reality

  41. ahappygunner says:

    Putting this one down as a loss and switching over to olymp – d Zagreb – come on Zagreb

  42. Abu says:

    3 goals dwn at half time. I hope we dnt cm bk wt basket full of goals 2nyt

  43. Big Gun says:

    As I said ages ago, if we had our full first team, including Bellerin, Koss, Walcott, Ox, etc we would be fine. Arsenal simply don’t have the strength in depth to compete with powerhouse clubs like Bayern, Barca etc. We have to rely on fragile Debuchy and an unfit Campbell who has barely touched the ball this season. Arsenal need to get to a point where they are willing to pay the type of salaries to have decent backup on the bench in case of injuries. Until then, we will never succeed in the CL sorry to say.

    1. Charlie Nick says:

      We def don’t have the squad to compete in the league and champions league. Hate to say it but we saw the strength in depth of Man.City last night.
      Lets forget Europe and go all out for the league this year, may have a chance if City get far in CL

      BTW Lineker is loving this.

      1. galaxygooner says:

        Fact : We do not have the squad to win the league.
        If Swansea and Leicester can run the first half of a game against us like that, forget it.
        Man city blow teams out of the sky even when they are under performing. We do not.

  44. stubill says:

    Where’s Cazorla tonight, has someone locked him in the coach.
    The whole team is having one of those games where they look like they’re playing with the handbrake on.

  45. jp says:

    why are peeps getting upset… the best we could have got was a draw… if you guys seriously thought we could beat Bayern then you lot know jack about football. lol

  46. sam-afc says:

    Losing Bellerin and Koscielny before this game even started left us with a very slim chance to get anything out of this game. Unfortunately injuries are crippling us once again. The last two CL games we have are MUST win games now.
    I can’t wait for the international break, hopefully we will have some players coming back.
    Let’s just concentrate on the spuds this weekend!

    COYG

  47. Fatboy Gooney says:

    The most sensible thing wengercan do now is take off our key players!
    Keep them fresh for the spuds!

    The only problem is. … Wenger doesn’t do sensible! ?

    1. RWRW says:

      I agree. Alexis, Ozil and Coq off right now.

  48. Demwan Jones says:

    I’m a dinamo zagreb fan tonight. Coyzagrebians

  49. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    I hope we don’t leak in any more goals

  50. bamiprof says:

    We can still qualify guys, no need to feel bad!!!

    1. bamiprof says:

      I try to give hope in this time of hopelessness, and sometime chooses to thumb me down!

  51. Demwan Jones says:

    Debuchy’s wing again

  52. Demwan Jones says:

    Debuchy’s wing again. Wenger sell or release that f**l

  53. vinie2000 says:

    agree with big gun, this has been a downfall for years. protecting under achievers players for the last 5 years or so ( jack – arteta – flamini – gibbs – and so on ) in order to compete look what PSG- real – BAYERN do..they spend and there is competition for places.If you have 2 players for each position like they do then we are talking about. Always the excuses of injuries bla bla. this kind of gamemes such us tonight if we have got CARVALHO type of player alongside LeCoq then Ozil behind Giroud will give more solid protection to the team..but anyway, let’s hope we do not lose by 5 or more..but for sure we need to buy a DM world class.

  54. joeboy says:

    Wow this is going to get embarrassing

  55. Charlie Nick says:

    Grrrr hate that bald cheating cutch dunt

  56. ArseOverTit says:

    We just equalled our worst defeat in Europe..still plenty of time to beat it!

  57. Demwan Jones says:

    Cazorla wtf score the damn goal

  58. Twig says:

    This game isn’t ending 9-0 is it? 🙁

  59. We miss walcott pace tonight
    If only we did buy another fast striker

    1. Jim A says:

      To do what?

      1. galaxygooner says:

        Because Giroud poses no counter attacking threat, they can play a high line and press us in our box

  60. Bryte says:

    Keep Calm fellas. This is beyond us. Just a consolation for Alexis will be okay for me.

    One thing is sure, the same excuse will still be generated in the spurs game. I fear.

  61. gmv8 says:

    Debuchy is an absolute disaster – might as well stick him on the post and tell him not to move for all the good he does. Wenger has to realise that if we’re going to have this many injuries every season, we need decent backups as well.

  62. Demwan Jones says:

    Olympiakos just equalised, c’est finite

  63. jp says:

    actually a really good goal. 🙂

  64. Demwan Jones says:

    Giroud scores, classy finish

  65. Fatboy Gooney says:

    That Giroud Goal should count as 5 lol ??

  66. rkw says:

    Now there was a positive … Giroud needs to keep his confidence in front of hola for the weekend

  67. jp says:

    the ref actually let it go till he saw Giroud through 🙁

  68. ras911 says:

    The two positives from this are:
    1. Cech being a beast in goal.
    2. The boys are showing a lot of fight

    1. Bryte says:

      Cech being a beast with 4 goals in?

      C’mon, he’s good that’s noted. Not a beast in goal like we like overrating our players. Same way we overrated Campbell after the WC, Wilshere too, even Diaby.

      Just sleep and enjoy the Giroud’s goal. Was a nice effort.

  69. Bolly from Borehamwood says:

    Hopefully we finish 2nd or 4th, so either Champ league knockout stage or completely out, not 3rd and Thursday night games!

  70. jp says:

    the only downside of Sanchez is he keeps the ball too long sometimes which results in him losing it

  71. Twig says:

    Ozil is exhausted… Wenger needs to bring Flamini on and push Cazorla forward

    1. PaddyGooner says:

      By far our best player of the night

  72. Demwan Jones says:

    Cazorla is now becoming extremely useless

  73. PaddyGooner says:

    Ha ha. Kiev just scored

  74. PaddyGooner says:

    Robbed well offside but fair play to Petr

  75. jp says:

    Best thing Debuchy has done all night… a little late though. lol

  76. PaddyGooner says:

    C’mon Iwobi. Time for a second

  77. PaddyGooner says:

    Debuchy getting better as the night goes on. Maybe he needs some game time.

  78. InternationalArsenal says:

    Please no more goals from Bayern, can’t take it any more. Damn you Wenger!

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      Double damn.

      Could have been 7. But we could have had a few.

      Olympiakos just scored and now will have 9 points. Let’s do the maths shall we..

  79. Demwan Jones says:

    Pathetic display, our old players will be ashamed of this team

  80. PaddyGooner says:

    Too too easy

  81. jp says:

    Ozil fell asleep there but not gonna blame him for the goal. Bayern are just too good.

  82. BabyPlease says:

    We can still qualify baby please.
    No need for doom and gloom

    We lost in Munich to Munich without Ramsey, Walcott, OX, Wilshere, Bellerin. Nothing to be ashamed of (like last season losing to Monaco)

    As long as Olympiakos doesn’t score a winner, we should be fine

    Damn 5-1.as I type

  83. PaddyGooner says:

    Olympiacis 2-1 up. That’s that then. 3rd at best

  84. RWRW says:

    Quite frankly I am glad we now know we are pretty much out of Champions league…. Concentrate on winning the league now

  85. arsenalkid1970 says:

    Pep plz come to Arsenal plz 5-1 omg

  86. NY_Gunner says:

    Outclassed, Outgunned…SCHOOLED.
    Let’s take it out on Tottenham

  87. PaddyGooner says:

    Damn. Chelsea scored. Worst night of football in a long long time.

  88. sam-afc says:

    Valencia let me down big time tonight.
    £806.60 return I would’ve got ?

  89. jp says:

    get Pep away from Sanchez. lol

    1. ArseOverTit says:

      I think he was discussing where he would play him when he comes to Arsenal!

      Wake up! Why would him come!!!

  90. antiwenger says:

    hahahahahahahahahahaha,am actually laughing not because we lost but because some people here though we’d actually beat bayern at their own home with a patched up squad. Some of you need a break from football

  91. PaddyGooner says:

    Look who didn’t start for BM tonight. Robert, Robben, Gotze, Vidal. Different class to us. We are way off the pace.

  92. vinie2000 says:

    wonder what gibbs is IN to do? chasing shadows? very poor defensevly we are..BUY DM and ST and compete. if someone do not like the bench then loan them to another club. Chambers and gibbs brought to stiff the defence but it was even worse,
    ozil was the only one who showed some grit

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