Guardiola says Bayern will take game to Arsenal

Bayern München were held at the weekend and are up against "one of Europe's top sides" but Josep Guardiola has vowed to take the game to Arsenal on Wednesday.

Josep Guardiola speaks ahead of the Arsenal game
Josep Guardiola speaks ahead of the Arsenal game ©Getty Images
  • Bayern coach Josep Guardiola calls Arsenal "one of Europe's top sides"
  • Arsène Wenger wants repeat of performance when Arsenal beat Bayern 2-0
  • Bayern's ten-game Bundesliga winning streak ended on Friday
  • Arjen Robben set for first UEFA Champions League appearance this term
  • Héctor Bellerín adds to Arsenal injury list

Possible lineup
Bayern: Neuer; Lahm, Martínez, Boateng, Alaba; Alonso; Robben, Thiago, Douglas Costa; Müller, Lewandowski.
Out: Götze (groin), Ribéry (ankle), Rode (thigh)
Doubtful: Badstuber (thigh), Bernat (groin)

Arsenal: Čech; Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Coquelin, Cazorla; Campbell, Özil, Sánchez; Giroud.
Out
: Walcott (calf), Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Arteta (ankle), Ramsey (hamstring), Ospina (shoulder), Wilshere (calf), Rosický (knee), Welbeck (knee), Bellerín (groin)

Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach
They are one of Europe's top sides. It is a new game after we lost in London. This is a match we want to win in front of our supporters. We have another 90 minutes to move closer to qualifying for the next round.

Arsenal like to keep the ball and attack. Look at all the players they have on the pitch – they are players to keep the ball and perhaps try long passes to [Olivier] Giroud. We will have to adapt our defence as they will want to play their type of game. We want to press them high so they can't play out of defence. I always tell my teams to attack as much as possible and to create as many chances as possible.

Arsène Wenger, Arsenal manager
We will try to keep on the same path. We want to see the performance that we showed against them in the last game. We want a positive result again. We continue to develop as a team. We did well the last few weeks and that should give us the belief to achieve something tomorrow. Tomorrow will be a good opportunity to show that we have developed as a team.

Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski in focus
Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski in focus

Weekend results
Eintracht 0-0 Bayern
Bayern's Bundesliga-record winning run of ten matches at the start of a season came to an end, Robert Lewandowski's potential late clincher ruled out for offside.

Swansea 0-3 Arsenal (Giroud 49, Koscielny 68, Campbell 73)
Arsenal are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after a fifth successive Premier League victory. Olivier Giroud's header was the 2,000th Gunners goal under Wenger.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Bayern: DWWLWW
Arsenal: WLWWWW

Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel
In-form Arsenal come to Munich with renewed hope of qualifying. After defeat on matchday three, Guardiola's side know they need to take their chances or risk being punished on the break by the Gunners again. "The most important thing is that we control the game and score the first goal," said Lewandowski.

Did you know?
This is Bayern's 16th meeting with English opponents in the last five seasons. They have won the last two such home games but previously had not prevailed in four in Bavaria, including the 2012 final defeat on penalties by Chelsea. Find out more in our extensive match background.

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