MUNICH – (Sporting Alert) — Arsenal will look to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 second leg clash on Tuesday night at the Allianz.
Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and attacker Franck Ribery make a return to the Bayern Munich starting side, but Manchester United linked Toni Kroos, who scored in the first leg in London, misses out.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger makes three changes to the Arsenal team from the weekend, with Laurent Koscielny, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud all coming in, replacing Kieran Gibbs and Yaya Sanogo, who are injured and Mathieu Flamini.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny also misses out as he’s suspended after his first-leg red card.
With the champions already up 2-0 from the first leg, Guardiola says the main thing now is to keep Arsenal from scoring.
“The main thing for us is avoiding conceding a goal,” Guardiola said on . “We have to play with the mentality that we want to win the game. We will play in a way that makes sure that we want to win the game.
“They have very good midfielders and you really have to do well against them. We have to win this game, it doesn’t matter what we did in the first leg. This is what we have to concentrate on.”
Bayern Munich, who have scored in each of their last 61 Bundesliga matches, are also undefeated in 49 matches in the German league and sit a comfortable 20 points clear of their closet challengers this season.
Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger remains hopeful.
He said: “Bayern are the best team on the continent at the moment, but I am confident. It is difficult to say if Bayern are better this year than last. We will see.
“But of course, they have the quality to be there right at the top. Performances win you games, not being favourites.”
Bayern Munich v Arsenal
Bayern Munich XI: Neuer; Lahm, Martinez, Dante, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Thiago; Robben, Gotze, Ribery; Mandzukic.
Arsenal XI: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen; Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud.