Arsenal's Ozil highly focused for Bayern game, says Wenger

This will be Arsenal's fourth Champions League assignment in Bayern's magnificent Allianz Arena since 2013, with the 5-1 drubbing they received on their last visit there two seasons ago a painful reminder of what may lie in wait this time.

And despite much speculation about his future in recent weeks, Wenger has not been short of admirers in the build up to the clash at the Allianz Arena.

Indeed, there's probably an argument to make that if Arsenal are to save their husk of a season and finish in the top 4, Wenger shouldn't be on the flight home. The 67-year-old Wenger has won six FA Cups with Arsenal to go with the three EPL titles, but a European title has eluded him.

After a decent first-half display that saw Alexis Sanchez level things up following an Arjen Robben opener, Arsenal imploded as soon as Laurent Koscielny limped off at the start of the second period.

"Yes, we've had bad experiences against them", he told the club's official website.

Despite newspaper reports feigning surprise that Petr Cech wouldn't play, fans know that the Arsenal manager made a decision early in the season to play the Colombian in Europe.

Bayern captain Lahm retired from worldwide duty after lifting the World Cup in 2014 and has opted to cut short his contract at the Allianz Arena by one year and hang up his boots.

"I don't know why he is underperforming - it can happen", Wenger said, as quoted by the BBC.

"He built a strong identity and a good style of football", said the Italian.

As sure as night following day, or Manchester United remaining in sixth, Arsenal will once again take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League this evening.

Arsenal are the underdogs heading into the game after the recent stuttering run of form in the Premier League left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

"We have to be very positive on the fighting front and on the playing front". "We have seen the team can step it up at the right moment", said Rummenigge.

"It's a massive challenge, but we are capable of dealing with it".

"I felt he did not feel confident (against Hull)", Wenger said of the German worldwide after the 2-0 win over Hull on Saturday. My team for the game on Wednesday will be....

Wenger's side beat Munich 2-0 during the group stages last term and will be hoping to produce the same sort of display this time round. When the Round of 16 draw was announced, Arsenal tweeted, "We'll play @FCBayern (AGAIN!) in the last of 16".

  • Loretta Pittman