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Bayern welcome Arsenal for heavyweight contest

Arsenal have lost in the last 16 for six seasons in a row; to end that run, they must overcome a Bayern München side who beat them at this stage in 2013 and 2014.

Arsenal have been undone by Thomas Müller on several occasions
Arsenal have been undone by Thomas Müller on several occasions ©AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal FC have not been past the round of 16 since 2009/10; to end that run they must overcome familiar opponents FC Bayern München, who have beaten the Gunners at this stage twice in recent years.

Previous meetings
• The teams have met ten times, all since 2000/01. The German club have won five of those games and the English side three, with Bayern knocking out Arsenal in the round of 16 in 2004/05, 2012/13 and 2013/14.

• In last term's group stage, Arsenal overcome Bayern 2-0 in north London thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Özil.

• However, the German team triumphed 5-1 back in Munich with Thomas Müller (2), David Alaba and Arjen Robben on the scoresheet. Giroud again scored for Arsenal.

• The line-ups in Munich on 4 November 2015 were:
Bayern: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng (Benatia 68), Javi Martínez, Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Thiago, Müller, Douglas Costa, Coman (Robben 54), Lewandowski (Vidal 71).
Arsenal: Čech, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Santi Cazorla (Chambers 87), Coquelin, Campbell (Gibbs 59), Özil, Alexis Sánchez, Giroud (Iwobi 85).

Arsenal drew 1-1 at the Fußball Arena München in the 2013/14 round of 16 second leg when Lukas Podolski, returning to his former club, equalised within two minutes of Bastian Schweinsteiger putting the hosts ahead. Arsenal went out of the competition having lost 2-0 at home, with Müller once more on target.

• The line-ups in Munich on 11 March 2014 were:
Bayern: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martínez, Dante, Alaba, Robben, Schweinsteiger, Thiago, Ribéry (Müller 85), Götze (Kroos 59), Mandžukić.
Arsenal: Fabiański, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Arteta (Gnabry 77), Özil (Rosický 46), Cazorla, Podolski, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Flamini 84), Giroud.

• At the same stage of the previous season the Gunners won 2-0 in Germany, Giroud and Laurent Koscielny finding the net. They exited on away goals having lost 3-1 at home where Müller again scored.

• The other two meetings in Bavaria both resulted in Bayern victories, in the 2004/05 round of 16 (3-1) and the 2000/01 second group stage (1-0).

Match background

• This is Bayern's 17th encounter with English opponents in the last five seasons. They have won the last three such home games but previously had not prevailed in four in Bavaria, including the 2012 final defeat on penalties by Chelsea FC.

• Bayern's overall home record against English teams is W13 D6 L3.

• Under Josep Guardiola, Bayern were losing UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in each of the last three campaigns, beaten on away goals by Club Atlético de Madrid last term.

• At this stage a year ago, Bayern progressed against Juventus (2-2 a, 4-2 aet h). They last lost in the round of 16 in 2010/11 when FC Internazionale Milano prevailed on away goals (0-1 h, 3-2 a).

• Bayern have posted 15 straight home wins in the UEFA Champions League – a competition best – including three this season.

• The Gunners finished top of Group A, two points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, staying unbeaten away from home (W2 D1). They also avoided defeat at home and the last time they won their group unbeaten (2005/06), they went on to reach the final.

• In each of the last six seasons Arsenal have fallen in the round of 16, going down 5-1 on aggregate to FC Barcelona in 2015/16 (0-2 h, 1-3 a).

• Arsenal have lost three of their last seven European away matches; before that they had met defeat only twice in 11 games on the road.

• In Germany they have lost two matches and drawn one on their last three visits; in the five before that they won three and drew two.

• Their record against German clubs away from home is W5 D5 L7; overall it is W16 D6 L12.

Coach and player links
• With AC Sparta Praha, Chelsea and Arsenal, Petr Čech has faced Bayern on eight occasions (W3 D1 L4). His most notable success came in Chelsea's 2012 UEFA Champions League triumph in the Fußball Arena München. In extra time Čech saved Arjen Robben's penalty. Müller had given Bayern the lead with seven minutes of normal time remaining.

• Carlo Ancelotti coached Čech at Chelsea from 2009 to 2011. Together they won the Premier League and FA Cup in 2009/10.

• Mesut Özil has scored four goals in his 15 appearances against Bayern.

• Robben has taken on Arsenal 12 times for PSV, Chelsea and Bayern (W7 D4 L1), scoring twice.

• With Liverpool FC, Xabi Alonso faced Arsenal 13 times (W4 D4 L5).

• Jérôme Boateng spent 2010/11 with Manchester City FC.

• Granit Xhaka was part of the Basel squad that lost 7-0 at Bayern in the 2011/12 last 16 second leg, Robben netting twice.

• Xhaka tackled Bayern eight times while playing for VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (W2 D3 L3).

• Francis Coquelin spent 2013/14 on loan at SC Freiburg.

• In the first leg of the 2012/13 semi-final, Lewandowski scored all four against Özil's Real Madrid in a 4-1 Borussia Dortmund win.

• Müller got three goals and Robben two against Alexis Sánchez's Barcelona in a 7-0 aggregate win (4-0 h, 3-0 a) in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

• Theo Walcott scored in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Douglas Costa's FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2010/11 group stage.

• Müller registered in Germany's 2-1 win in a Paris friendly on 6 February 2013 against a France team containing Franck Ribéry, Koscielny and Giroud. Philipp Lahm and Özil played for the visitors.

• Giroud scored in France's 2-1 friendly victory in Bremen on 29 February 2012 against a Germany side featuring Boateng, Özil, Müller and Manuel Neuer. Ribéry also played for the visitors.

• Sánchez was on target in Chile's 2-0 win over Costa's Brazil in a FIFA World Cup qualifier on 8 October 2015.

• Have played together:
Mesut Özil, Shkodran Mustafi & Manuel Neuer, Boateng, Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich and Lahm (Germany)
Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal & Javi Martínez, Juan Bernat, Thiago Alcántara and Alonso (Spain)
Mathieu Debuchy, Giroud, Koscielny & Kingsley Coman and Ribéry (France)
Sánchez & Arturo Vidal (Chile)
Özil & Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid 2010–13)
Sánchez and Thiago Alcántara (Barcelona 2011–13)
Čech and Robben (Chelsea 2004–07)

Match facts

• Lahm and Boateng are a booking away from a ban.

• Bayern are 11 games unbeaten, winning ten of them, since the 3-2 loss to FC Rostov on matchday five.

• Ancelotti's men will host FC Schalke 04 in the German Cup quarter-finals on 1 March.

• Lahm announced on 7 February that he will retire at the end of the season, despite his contract running until summer 2018.

• Ribéry (out since 31 January, hamstring) has missed Bayern's last two games. Boateng has not played since undergoing pectoral muscle surgery on 20 December.

• Lewandowski, named Poland's footballer of the year for the sixth consecutive season on 4 February, has scored 30 goals in 33 outings for club and country this term.

• Lewandowski (until 2021), Rafinha (2018) and Robben (2018) have penned contract extensions since matchday six.

• TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's German internationals Niklas Süle and Sebastian Rudy will join Bayern on 1 July.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Christian Früchtl
Out: Holger Badstuber, Julian Green

• Arsenal have won eight of their 13 games since matchday six, losing four of them.

• Making his first start since 8 May 2016 after knee surgery, Danny Welbeck scored twice in a 5-0 FA Cup fourth round victory at Southampton FC on 28 January.

• Theo Walcott registered a hat-trick, his fifth for the Gunners, against Southampton.

• Arsenal will play fifth-tier Sutton United FC in the FA Cup fifth round on 20 February.

• Aaron Ramsey was ruled out for three weeks after suffering a calf strain in the 2-1 home loss to Watford FC on 31 January.

• Héctor Bellerín was substituted with a head injury sustained while trying to prevent Chelsea FC's first goal in the Gunners' 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge on 4 February. However, he played all of Saturday's 2-0 defeat of Hull City AFC.

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Ryan Huddart, Per Mertesacker, Reiss Nelson, Danny Welbeck
Out: Chuba Akpom, Krystian Bielik, Marc Bola, Aaron Eyoma, Kaylen Hinds, Carl Jenkinson, Stephy Mavididi, Tyrell Robinson, Gedion Zelalem

UEFA makes new donation of €100,000 to ICRC
UEFA will mark a decade of helping Afghan landmine victims on Wednesday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos presents a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

"I would like to pay tribute to the ICRC, who have been working relentlessly to help landmine victims, many of whom are children. Their programme in Afghanistan, which has been in place for several years, shows that football can offer real hope in challenging times," said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

"I am glad that UEFA can help this cause, and that the sport we love can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of so many people in this troubled region," he added.

The donation supports the ICRC's physical rehabilitation programme for landmine victims and other people with disabilities in Afghanistan – providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy, vocational training and access to the rehabilitation centre's football team. About a third of patients are children.

Sergio Ramos will present the donation before his side's UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Napoli at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on 15 February.

"The people benefiting from the ICRC programme in Afghanistan are an inspiration to us, as they set an example of how to approach life in a positive manner despite the problems that they face," the Real Madrid captain said.

Sergio Ramos was chosen to hand over the cheque after receiving the most votes in UEFA.com's Team of the Year, which was published in January, and added that it is "a privilege" to be "a source of motivation" to so many people.

"They don't stop dreaming, and they fight to make their dreams come true. As key figures in this sport, it's a true privilege for us footballers to be a source of motivation in their day-to-day lives, and to help them out," he said.

Over the course of a partnership lasting almost 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5m to the ICRC to help disadvantaged people around the globe. Meanwhile, over 7 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2016. More information on the award is available online at en.toty.uefa.com.