So good news for Arsenal as they prepare to face Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League tie.
Bayern are going to be without key players – quite a lot of them.
The man who was the architect of the Bayern win in North London, central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, is suspended as is defender Jerome Boateng.
Bayern have also let it be known today that winger Franck Ribery will miss the match with an ankle injury. Normally this wouldn’t be much of a problem for the Germans as they have Arjen Robben, however the Dutchman has a calf problem and may also miss the game.
Of course the Bayern team will start with Kroos, Gomez and Lahm, but the absentees will give Arsene Wenger’s men a degree of confidence that they might get some kind of result. A draw is possible, maybe even a win. Beating Bayern 3-1 or better would be astonishing, but manager Wenger hasn’t ruled it out.
He told Arsenal.com
“We just have to convince ourselves that we can do it in Munich as well. Yes, the chance is small, but the chance makes the impossible possible. That would be a great credit for our team to do it. We have to try to achieve it.”
Arsenal’s injury list is significantly shorter. Bacary Sagna is probably out – but he will be replaced by the reliable English defender Cark Jenkinson. Arsenal are likely to be without Abou Diaby too, but they still have plenty of midfield options.
Kieran Gibbs may return at left back too which is great news for the Gunners, as Bayern targeted the team’s makeshift left back, Thomas Vermaelen, in the first leg.
So can The Gunners pull of a shock victory – might they get near to a 3-1 victory? What do you think?