Champions league match : Arsenal vs Bayern Munich Live streams,match previews,lineups
February 19, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee: S. Moen
Arsenal get ready to host Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their last 16 UEFA Champions League match.
Following a shock FA-Cup cup exit at home to Blackburn on Saturday, Arsenal have some serious work to do at their London Colney training ground if they’re to avoid a similar fate in Europe’s elite competition.
The Gunners welcome German league leaders Bayern Munich to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, and could face a dilemma at left-back.
New signing Nacho Monreal is cup-tied, Kieran Gibbs is out with a thigh injury and Laurent Koscielny faces a fitness test.
In the English Premier League, Arsenal lie fifth, 21 points behind leader Manchester United – and four points behind the fourth spot to qualify for the Champions League for the 16th straight season.
Winning the competition could be Arsenal’s only way of remaining among Europe’s elite next season – like London rivals Chelsea last year when they beat Bayern in the final to qualify for this year’s competition.
The last time these two clubs met was at the same stage of this competition in 2005 – Arsenal won at home 1-0, but lost 3-1 in Munich to exit 3-2 on aggregate.
Bayern Munich trained at the Emirates Stadium in London ahead of their UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg tie with Arsenal on Tuesday.
Time is running out for Jupp Heynckes to deliver European success for Bayern Munich.
The 67-year-old decided to step down as head coach at the end of the season, leading to Pep Guardiola to be announced as his successor.
But before the Catalan coach arrives in Bavaria, Heynckes has the opportunity to lead Bayern to a fifth European cup.
And after last year’s final defeat in their home, Bayern are looking for redemption.
The German club take on Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in London on Tuesday.
Momentum is on Bayern’s side.
Heynckes’ men have won all five of their matches in 2013 and are unbeaten in their last 18.
Bayern look set to claim a record 23rd Bundesliga title as they are 15 points clear of second placed Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal were eliminated at the same stage of the Champions League by the Bavarian giants in 2005.
The odds remain in Bayern’s favour and Heynckes would love one last gamble on European glory, starting at the Emirates.
A visibly angry Arsene Wenger dismissed rumours that he is on the verge of signing a two year contract extension ahead of the first leg of Arsenal’s Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager: (On newspaper reports that Wenger is on the verge of signing a two-year contract extension):
“That’s the wrong information and there as well I would like, I think I have worked for sixteen years here in England and I deserve a little bit more credit than wrong information that have only one intention, is to harm and if it’s good information, who comes from nowhere, it’s all right. But this is the wrong information that comes from nowhere and is completely wrong.”
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager:
“Well what is important is that you play to win the competition and at some stage you will have to play a big team you know. We play against a good opponent, we are, if I listen to your questions anyway not favourite, but I trust our quality, I trust our spirit and I trust our mental strengths. So see you tomorrow.”
Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager:
“No, no I want to lose it and I want to lose the game tomorrow so I can, so you can all be happy. We want to win it but in Europe recently you face as well some other teams, who have qualities you know. Barcelona has some qualities, Real Madrid has some qualities, they don’t win it every year. We have been consistently and what we want now is of course to break through. We have been in a final, we have been in a semi-final, we have been in the quarter-finals for years and people will say it is not the best opportunity now to do it. I think it is a fantastic opportunity to do it because I believe I have a strong team and I’m sure they will prove me right.”
Arsenal probable lineup : Szczesny;Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen;Arteta, Ramsey;Wilshere;Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla
Bayern Munich probable lineup : Neuer;Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba;Martinez, Schweinsteiger;Muller, Kroos, Ribery;Mandzukic