Bayern Munich Predicted XI to Face Arsenal
Bayern Munich would hand Arsenal a devastating blow to their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League with a win at the Allianz Arena this evening.
The Premier League side really need something provided Olympiacos’ beat Dinamo Zagreb at home this evening as many expect the Greek side to do.
Arsène Wenger’s side are coming off an excellent October which saw them win all four of their Premier League matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding only one, as well as beating Bayern Munich in this competition. However, they head to Germany with a large list of injuries in midfield and up front.
Here is the team I think Pep Guardiola will name:
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer
At fault for Arsenal’s opener in North London but still the best goalkeeper in the world right now. Manuel Neuer doesn’t always have much work to do such is Bayern Munich’s dominance in possession and territory.
Defence: Philipp Lahm, Javi Martínez, Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba
Theo Walcott gave the defence some problems last week but with the England international injured Olivier Giroud will start up front. With the French striker not as quick, David Alaba can move back to left-back. Javi Martínez and Jérôme Boateng were the centre-back partnership at the weekend so I think we’ll see them start this one too, although Mehdi Benatia is available again.
Midfield: Xabi Alonso, Thomas Müller, Thiago Alcântara, Arturo Vidal, Douglas Costa
Xabi Alonso sits in front of the back four and spreads passes all over the pitch. Arturo Vidal is a box-to-box midfielder and Thiago Alcântara is an excellent playmaker. Bayern Munich’s main goalscoring threats from this five is down the wings – Thomas Müller loves to drift inside to find space whilst Douglas Costa creates chance and chance from the left and loves taking shots himself.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski
The Polish striker was largely frustrated at the Emirates and didn’t have his shooting boots on at the weekend either, but make no mistake about it, Arsenal cannot take their eyes off Robert Lewandowski who has been scoring for fun this season.
Here’s how the Bayern Munich side looks like on paper:
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