MUNICH, Sporting Alert – Arsenal are without several key players for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich in Group F at Allianz Arena.
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Hector Bellerin, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and David Ospina are all out of the contest because of respective injury problems.
“The team news is that from Saturday’s squad, we lost Bellerin (groin), who will not be available tomorrow night,” Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said on www.arsenal.com.
“We have nobody else back, so that means he has been replaced in the squad by Jeff Reine-Adelaide.”
Wingers Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are both still recovering from the calf and hamstring injuries they sustained during the Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and will be unavailable for the showdown in Munich.
Midfielder Aaron Ramsey also remained sidelined with a hamstring injury, while fellow midfielder Arteta and goalkeeper Ospina, though returning to training, will not feature for Arsenal on Wednesday.
They all joined the likes of Jack Wilshere (leg), Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky (both knee) who are out long term – on the inactive list.
“They are all very close,” Wenger said. “I think Arteta will be back in full training on Friday, Ospina as well.
“After the break, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey [could be] back as well.”
Arsenal travel to face the German champions full of confidence, after beating Pep Guardiola side when they met the last time out in London.
Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil provided the goals for Arsenal, while goalkeeper Petr Cech made some vital saves to keep Bayern Munich off the scoresheet in the win at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal will be hoping for a similar performance on the road on Wednesday night, but the English Premier League side will also be mindful of the German leaders.
Stopping the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal will be vital.
Then there is the return of a certain winger, Arjen Robben, who is back to full fitness and offers a different option for Pep, although the Dutchman, who has been injured, hasn’t played a Champions League game since March.
Mario Gotze (groin), Franck Ribery (ankle) and Sebastian Rode (thigh) are all out injured, while Holger Badstuber (thigh) and Juan Bernat (groin) are both doubtful.
The other English Premier League side in action on Wednesday is Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho squad will entertain Dynamo Kiev in a Group G matchup at Stamford Bridge and the Blues are in desperate need of a victory.
A string of poor performances have pushed the reigning EPL champions in the bottom half of the Premier League standings.
Chelsea are also sitting third in their group in the Champions League and Mourinho has told his side that it cannot afford to lose this game.
The home side is hoping to rebound from a very disappointing 3-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EPL on Saturday, with Mourinho still convinced that his struggling stars are the best team in this group.
“I am completely convinced that we are going to qualify first,” the manager said.
“The reality is that the game tomorrow (Wednesday) is not a game we have to win – it’s a must-not-lose, but not a must-win.”
In other live Champions League games on the schedule for Wednesday, Barcelona will entertain BATE, Gent have to travel to Valencia, while Roma need a win against Bayer Leverkusen.
There are several games streaming live on ESPN3 on this matchday and fans can tune for online coverage.
Champions League ESPN3 Live Streams
Live TV Channels via Live Soccer TV
2:45pm Barcelona vs BATE Fox Sports 2 USA
2:45pm Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen ESPN2, Watch ESPN
2:45pm Bayern Munich vs Arsenal Fox Sports 1 USA
2:45pm Olympiakos Piraeus vs Dinamo Zagreb ESPN3
2:45pm Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Porto ESPN3
2:45pm Chelsea vs Dynamo Kyiv ESPN3
2:45pm Olympique Lyonnais vs Zenit ESPN3, Watch ESPN
2:45pm Gent vs Valencia ESPN3