Wenger: “Petr Cech was a key figure”

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his team for their hard working display as the Gunners produced a fantastic back to the wall defensive performance to keep Bayern Munich at bay over the course of the 90 minutes, while grabbing a couple of goals against the run of play to nick the game 2-0 and keep their slim Champions League round of 16 qualification hopes alive.

Wenger shared after the game, “It was a game of top quality. We played with disciplined intensity. Both keepers made great saves. Petr Cech was a key figure. He was intelligent, everything is classy. There were two world class goalkeepers out there tonight.” Continue reading

Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Team Sheets

Teams:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott

Subs: Debuchy, Gibbs, Arteta, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Macey

Bayern Munich: Neuer, Thiago, Alonso, Boateng Lahm, Bernat, Alaba, Vidal, Muller, Costa, Lewandowski.

Subs: Ulreich, Martinez, Rafinha, Kirchhoff, Coman, Kimmich, Gaudino

Arsenal faltering in chase of Bundesliga super striker

European Champions Bayern Munich feel that they can get Arsenal target and Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic to stay at the club beyond the end of this season. Doubts continue to persist over the 27-year old’s future at Bayern as manager Pep Guardiola is likely to be using Borussia Dortmund ace Robert Lewandowski from next season.

Bayern President Karl Heinz Rummenigge though denies claims that Bayern will offload Mandzukic despite his good goal-scoring returns this season. Speaking about the Croat’s future, the Bayern chief said, “Mario Mandzukic is under contract with our club.I am definitely aware that many clubs have started to show an interest in Mario’s services, but I believe he will be with our club way beyond the end of this season.” Continue reading

Arsenal given transfer boost as Bayern back off in Draxler pursuit

Arsenal have been given renewed hope in signing their long term high-profile target Julian Draxler as German giants Bayern Munich have seemingly withdrawn their interest in signing the 20-year old.

Bayern allegedly blocked Draxler’s move to Arsenal in January as the Gunners were closing in on the German international, but the Bavarians’ Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has gone on record saying that they will not pursue Draxler in the summer. Continue reading

Champions League Mini Preview: Bayern Munich vs Arsenal

Premier League side Arsenal will be faced with yet another daunting test in the Champions League on Tuesday when they face defending Champions Bayern Munich in their backyard at the Allianz Arena in the 2nd leg of their round of 16 tie. Arsenal will need to overturn yet another 2 goal deficit from the first leg of the tie and will be hoping for atleast a repeat performance at the same stage of the tourney last season, when they gave Bayern a scare by beating them 2-0 in Munich.

While Arsene Wenger and his men will have nothing to lose on the night and could be a big irritant for Bayern, Pep Guardiola’s men must not drop their guard against the Gunners, who are fresh from an FA Cup quarter-final triumph against Everton. Continue reading

Mertesacker is ‘one of the best’, declares Germany team-mate

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has declared that Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker is “one of the best” centre halves in the game at the moment. The midfielder was speaking to the press ahead of his team’s showdown with Gunners at the Emirates on Wednesday.

The Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder said, “Per has made them one of the most defensively solid teams in England – and they look to have addressed their problems. It was always going to take Per time to adjust to a new league. But now we see him for what he is which is one of the best central defenders in Europe with fantastic positional awareness and real leadership qualities”. Continue reading

Arsenal’s star playmaker geared up for tough Bayern test

Arsenal’s 42 million pound new recruit, Mesut Ozil, has stated that he is ready to guts it out for the Gunners against German giants Bayern Munich, reports the Daily Express. The 25-year old German international is wary of Bayern’s pedigree in the Champions League but insists that the Gunners will not go down without a fight.

Speaking ahead of the 1st leg of the round of 16 Champions League clash between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates, Ozil said, “I have huge respect for Bayern. They are even better than they were last year. Anything is possible over two legs. I’m the kind of player who loves games like these. We’re not going to hide.” Continue reading