MUNICH, Sporting Alert – The Champions League game of the day is just minutes away and we have the starting lineups for both Bayern Munich and Arsenal.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has decided to stay with Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell in his starting XI for today’s game after he netted in the 3-0 win over Swansea on Saturday.
Campbell will form an attacking force with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, with Wenger still missing several key players, including Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey.
French defender Laurent Koscielny is on the bench as he continues to recover from a minor hip problem, so Gabriel Paulista will start at centre-back alongside Per Mertesacker.
As expected, Mathieu Debuchy comes into the team at right-back for the injured Hector Bellerin, who has a groin problem.
Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla both start in midfield, while Petr Cech, who was busy in the first meeting in London, is expected to be heavily involved again tonight.
Bayern Munich, in the meantime, are showing two adjustments from the side that played to a 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the league last Friday.
David Alaba starts in the back and Thomas Muller starts in support of striker Robert Lewandowski.
Arjen Robben, who is back from injury, is on the bench, but is expected to play some part in this contest.
Douglas Costa, Thiago and Xabi Alonso all start as well.
Mehdi Benatia, Arturo Vidal, Sven Ulreich and Holger Badstuber are all on the bench for Bayern Munich who promised to come out and attack Arsenal from the get go.
Arsenal are sitting third in the group, while Bayern Munich are sitting at the top.
Arsenal Team: Cech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Campbell, Ozil, Alexis; Giroud. Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Koscielny, Chambers, Flamini, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi.
Bayern Munich Team: Neuer, Boateng, Lahm, Alaba, Thiago, Martinez, Costa, Alonso, Muller, Coman, Lewandowski. Subs: Ulreich, Benatia, Robben, Rafinha, Vidal, Badstuber, Kimmich