Bayern showdown may not bode well for Arsene Wenger

Bayern showdown may not bode well for Arsene Wenger

Following another disappointing campaign for Arsenal, there has been a lot of pressure on Wenger to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season but that said, there remains a distinct possibility that the 67-year-old could continue on by signing an extension, which is allegedly already on the table.

At that point it looked like it could be a long evening for Napoli, but the Italians were in no mood to lie down and took the lead to cap a frenetic opening after eight minutes.

Arsenal were rocked and could have conceded again as Ospina rushed off his line to harry Lewandowski, who turned a shot against the bar before Robben's rebound was deflected behind.

Wenger has admitted to feeling "guilty" in recent years when, having progressed into the knockout stages as group runners-up, they have come up against some of the biggest names in the competition.

Standard Sport understands the entire Arsenal team have been given the day off following their Champions League last-16 first-leg loss at the Allianz Arena.

And it doesn't matter that Ancelotti has only been in the Bayern job since the start of the season.

The Colombia global has had to play second fiddle to Petr Cech since he arrived from Chelsea in the summer of 2015 but Wenger looks set to stick with the 28-year-old for the Allianz Arena clash.

Despite reported unrest in the Munich dressing room amid poor performances, Carlo Ancelotti's side remain top of the Bundesliga.

He explained that to win the Champions League "you have to have courage, personality, experience and luck", - but - he underlined the word again while purposely omitting others for emphasis: "You need courage".

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Since Wenger revealed who will be in goal against the German champions, Arsenal fans gave there reactions on Twitter. In league and Champions League play, Giroud has converted 10 of his 14 shots on target for a conversion percentage of 71 percent, almost twice as prolific as last season's rate of 39 percent.

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Paper Round's view: This would be the second high profile young player to leave Chelsea for a rival following Domingos Quina but Solanke is further in his development.

The Swiss global may start the game alongside Francis Coquelin in the central midfield.

Robben told German magazine Kicker that this is the "week of truth" for Bayern's European ambitions in 2016/17 as they look to maintain their record 15-match winning streak at home in the Champions League.



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