Alexis back, Ozil on the bench: Arsenal v Bayern Munich team news

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Arsenal team news

Arsenal have to try and overturn a 5-1 deficit tonight as they play the second leg of their Round of 16 tie against Bayern Munich at the Emirates.

The chances of that are very, very slim and I think most of us would, at this point, just love to see the team do itself some justice in a big game – even if it is too little, too late.

Here are the official line-ups.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis

Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Gabriel, Coquelin, Ozil, Lucas, Giroud

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Hummels, Martinez, Rafinha, Alaba, Thiago, Ribery, Alonso, Vidal, Robben, Lewandowski

Subs: Ulreich, Costa, Bernat, Muller, Kimmich, Sanches

Follow the game on the Arseblog live blog

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Conrado
Conrado
3 years ago

3-0 and an obvious pen not given to us. Predictable!

Frank
Frank
3 years ago
Reply to  Conrado

1 goal and obvious pen down, just 2 goals to go. What is with this ref?!?

One Player Down
3 years ago
Reply to  Conrado

10-2 just do the right thing Wenger.

ForeignGooner
ForeignGooner
3 years ago

What a front-four.

Pascal
Pascal
3 years ago
Reply to  ForeignGooner

Would be a far better one if Lucas could actually start a damn game

voldermort
voldermort
3 years ago
Reply to  Pascal

what the fuck has the poor sod got to do to get a start or how bad do we have to get. utter madness

Arsensarmy
Arsensarmy
3 years ago
Reply to  Pascal

Welbeck is out and still no Perez? What the fuck.

Corona X
Corona X
3 years ago
Reply to  ForeignGooner

Ours or theirs? :-/

spinner
spinner
3 years ago
Reply to  Corona X

Welbeck now injured so Giroud is taking his place in the starting line up.

Loving the coverage of the protest btw – the Board cant continue to ignore the feeling for change.

goongot
goongot
3 years ago

maybe last champions league game for awhile…..i’ll enjoy it and watch 90mins anyhow….and also sanchez or ozil may leave but perez should definately leave if he is treated in such insane way

Futsboller
Futsboller
3 years ago

I feel badly for Lucas there, again, on the bench, but if Arsenal give it all tonight from kickoff, we’re going to need some serious reinforcements to keep up the pressure for 90 minutes — having Ozil, Lucas, and Giroud for that sounds about right. The mission is impossible, but the journey can be one hell of a ride: COYG!!!

Tuan Nguyen
Tuan Nguyen
3 years ago
Reply to  Futsboller

Walcott again!!!!!!!

Smart-Arse
Smart-Arse
3 years ago
Reply to  Tuan Nguyen

Every time I see his name on the team sheet I feel like our chances of winning decrease by 10%

mpls
mpls
3 years ago
Reply to  Smart-Arse

1-0, Walcott.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
3 years ago
Reply to  Smart-Arse

Man you look stupid now!

One Player Down
3 years ago
Reply to  loose_cannon

Yep, we are winning…Oh wait, that didn’t last long, now we are getting battered.

FTS

cygan'sbaldspot
cygan'sbaldspot
3 years ago

Hopefully Ramsey is in the 10 instead of the Ox. STILL no Lucas, even when chasing goals. Mad!

Arsensarmy
Arsensarmy
3 years ago

Are you kidding me. Watching the game now and Ramsey is god awful. At least he has nowhere to go but up.

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

No Lucas again. If that man doesn’t start against Lincoln I might actually cry a bit

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof
3 years ago

I do like it but for the life of me I don’t see how Walcott is ahead of Lucas, I do look forward to a slice of humble pie and a shot of what the fuck do I know. Come on gunners win lose or draw just bring some fire and restore some pride !!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Lucas doesn’t start, Walcott and Ramsey do, Ox not in the middle where he has done well.
I having nothing to say…apart from good luck chaps. COYG.

GunnerDareMacedonia
GunnerDareMacedonia
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Maybe he will be, i think we will play 4-3-3 with mid of 3 ox-xhaka-ramsey or ox and xhaka in mid with ramsey at no 10. I agree with lucas he needa to start instead of walcott.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

I hope you are right, and on the plus side he dropped Coq and Iwobi and started Danny again!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Scrub the Danny bit as he got injured in the warm up. Why the fuck can’t Robben and Co get injured in the warm up?
I’m looking at you Shad….

Santi Cazorla's Nipple
Santi Cazorla's Nipple
3 years ago

That speed up top tho

My name is Jeff
My name is Jeff
3 years ago

Lucas clearly took Wenger’s parking spot when he first came to London Conley and Arsene has a long memory.

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner
3 years ago

At the moment I would not think twice to start Lucas
Lucas > Walcott

ron
ron
3 years ago
Reply to  Lord Bendtner

Theo won’t think twice either. He won’t think full stop.

Arse-Head
Arse-Head
3 years ago

Lucas over Walcott all day long for me

My pint is empty.
My pint is empty.
3 years ago

Oh dear!! Ox will go missing, Theo will be invisible and Ramsey’s left leg will fall off after 60 mins….Oh dear !!!

Tyler Briscoe
Tyler Briscoe
3 years ago

I’ve heard a lot of fans predict a win tonight, but not enough on aggregate to go through. I think we’re giving to much credit to the current set up of this team, I predict we will loose, haven’t been given a reason to believe otherwise. Hope I’m wrong.

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner
3 years ago

The problem with Coq is that he is not a Kante. And that technically is not a problem. Before, he was being used very effectively as a protector for our defense. Now Wenger has Coq going up a lot, leaving our defense exposed. Before I used to see Coq on the right and left side of the pitch too, making up for our wingers’ lapses in defense. Now, we don’t have that and so our RB and LB are exposed time and time again. Bellerin is fast, he goes up to get involved alot, which is awesome. But when u… Read more »

Goon
Goon
3 years ago

I like the intent. We can do it.

Maasai Gooner
Maasai Gooner
3 years ago

who else is looking forward to that 0.000001% chance!

uncle D
uncle D
3 years ago

Who is feeling in for Ozil?

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  uncle D

I love when my car needs petrol because it means I get to head over to the feeling station. Mmmmm…ahhh..

uncle D
uncle D
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

Oh my! Dr! Filling filling!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Strange that Ozil is on the bench after Wenger saying he wasn’t ready but could feature on the weekend.
In my ideal world he confronted Wenger and said “I want to play”!! And Wenger said “ok I will put you on the bench”.??

Giroud's Buldge
Giroud's Buldge
3 years ago

I am so bored of the

“No Lucas again”

comments.

He looks alright but he’s no panacea!

santori
santori
3 years ago

Walcott again! AND Ramsey! I fear the worse. Such insipid players. Wenger always trying to mollycoddle these guys. They never seem to have enough fight and guile. I would have put Alexis in the hole in a 4-4-1-1. ………………………..Giroud……………………….. ………………….Alexis………………………………. Welbeck………………………………………..Lucas ………………….Granit……………Ox……………. Monreal………Koscielny….Mustafi………Bellerin ……………………..Ospina………………………… Giroud because we need bloody goals and if we can’t take them on the break, at least there is a target to cross in to or hold the ball for the second line. Granit sits in front of the Cbacks as the apex of the triangle. This means we don’t have to be quite as narrow… Read more »

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  santori

Oh well. There’s always FA cup.

===

You say that as if our CL hopes have been dashed by tonight’s formation. Friend, they were dashed two weeks ago.

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  Third Plebeian

Remember what happened to Barca last leg?

Sadly I don’t see us doing the same with this line up.

BODMAS
BODMAS
3 years ago

COYG

Conchetumadre
Conchetumadre
3 years ago

We would have a better offensive power with Lucas from beginning

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian
3 years ago
Reply to  Conchetumadre

I’m curious if there is anybody else here who shares this sentiment about Lucas. Anyone? Anyone at all?

My pint is empty.
My pint is empty.
3 years ago

And remembe !! don’t show robben on his left side ffs !!

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Robben seems to have been around for ever….when is he going to get a bit old and loose his sparkle ffs!???

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Welbeck injured in the warm up! Flippin heck!

Hadvar
Hadvar
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

And even then, still no Lucas. What the fuck is he thinking?

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Must be a paper cut from one of the banners.

Arse-Head
Arse-Head
3 years ago

Welbz injured in warm up,Giroud is starting in his place

Ozilicious !
Ozilicious !
3 years ago
Reply to  Arse-Head

Gutted for him, he’s jinxed!!?? Wanted to see him go at the tonight! Think Sanchez was playing wide before the injury? If he wasn’t surely Perez would have been the swap?

Mustapha Kacka
Mustapha Kacka
3 years ago

We’ve got the better strip so it’s an obvious 4-0 for me !

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  Mustapha Kacka

There’s the spirit!

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  santori

I hope Walcott scores all four goals.

Jambon
Jambon
3 years ago

This crazy world has me so confused… is this joke offensive?

Did you hear about the gay magician?

He disappeared with a POOF!

I personally think it’s a riot but have heard objections…

Oh yeah, COYG!

Gerry
Gerry
3 years ago

I have made the point recently that the midfield combinations have not been the best for either attack or defence. But I think AW has just about picked the worst tonight. Here is why: Xhaka needs to play more left of centre to be at his best. Ramsey, a\ some point will go forward and attack left of centre. Xhaka will then have to move right to cover his absence. Monreal will again be left exposed, especially if the ball is moved quickly from BM’s left. All of this may result in some of our supposed front four being drawn… Read more »

David
David
3 years ago

I fancy this.

Gunners to pull off a big surprise.

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  David

It would have to be massive.

We need 4 goals without reply.

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  santori

I can see us best case winning by 2 goals.

More likely they will win by 2 goals.

But you never know. Depends if we have a good spell and gain some confidence.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  David

I like your optimism David. 🙂

santori
santori
3 years ago

Come on Alexis….Kick your teammates up the arse.

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  santori

Rafinho, no Lahm on Alexis flank.

Lets go Alexis!

Haxvar
Haxvar
3 years ago

The entire forward line could get terminal genital warts, be unable to walk, and if Lucas was the only one fit, arsene would still not give him a start. I just don’t get it.

Cygan'sbaldspot
Cygan'sbaldspot
3 years ago

Never heard the Emirates so hauntingly quiet

Arsensarmy
Arsensarmy
3 years ago

Welbeck already out. Now we get fucking giroud. Unbelievable. He’d be better at skippering a fucking tugboat. Why not Lucas for gods sake.

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

Is that Arsene’s contract shredded on the pitch? 🙂

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Looks like Alexis, Ozil and Bellerin’s too.

santori
santori
3 years ago

Bayern fans are fantastic.

Our fans are cowering under their banners. Can’t be heard.

Ozilicious !
Ozilicious !
3 years ago

Going to have to be the first team ever to win by 4 goals with less than 20% possession

santori
santori
3 years ago

Leicester rarely have much possession last season.

We need to be on point with our breaks but we should also use Giroud.

Catbiscuits
Catbiscuits
3 years ago

Theo Podolski

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
3 years ago

Someone please tell me Lucas would have scored that goal lol. I like the player but Theo’s didn’t become our second highest goalscorer by being a crap player. Some respect, please

santori
santori
3 years ago
Reply to  loose_cannon

He’s finding a lot of joy on the right side.

Just 3 more goals Theo. Go on.

saint
saint
3 years ago

Looks like a few players got an attitude injection sInce the weekend

Toe killer
Toe killer
3 years ago

as bad as we were in the first leg, the llayers have done thier bit this half. can’t say the same for this cunt of a referee

Liam Bradys left peg
Liam Bradys left peg
3 years ago

When the pressure and expectation is off then so it seems is the handbrake. #mentalfragility #wengeroutkroenkeout

Arse-Head
Arse-Head
3 years ago

Do they fucking goal line refs do anything right, ever!?! Utter bollocks

Norwegian gooner
Norwegian gooner
3 years ago

Must say it actually feels frustrating to see Arsenal playing with such urgency now, when the game was already lost in the first game. Where is this urgency when it matters? Posers and push-overs.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
3 years ago

Anybody have any idea what koscielny was supposed to have done? That killed it more than the penalty did.

Kuntslayer
Kuntslayer
3 years ago

The wanker had a name yknow by Anastasios Sidiropoulos, a Greek and a turd.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
3 years ago
Reply to  Kuntslayer

That’s his official name. His family know him as Mikos Rileyos…

Ozilicious !
Ozilicious !
3 years ago

This is so much fun! Refs fucked it

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
3 years ago

I turned it off

One Player Down
3 years ago

I am beginning to think that anyone on here writing pro Wenger stuff might just be Theo himself.
I mean, he has the most to lose when Wenger goes.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
3 years ago

Theo was great while we still had a chance