There is no doubt that Arsene Wenger did not pick his strongest possible Arsenal line ups for the away game at Dinamo Zagreb and the home game with Olympiacos in the Champions League. And he took plenty of stick for it as well and knows that he needs to go full bore at Bayern Munich tonight.
But that does not necessarily mean that he will start the same Arsenal XI that won at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday. In fact, I think he will make at least two changes. Santi Cazorla has been brilliant in central midfield for us but I wonder how he will cope with the pace, pressing and possession of the German giants.
Arsenal cannot afford to go behind early and so must be defensively tight and aggressive in the tackle. For me that means playing Ramsey alongside Coquelin in the middle and keeping Cazorla as an option on the bench. This frees up the right flank and I think that Wenger may just go for Walcott there and bring Giroud back as centre forward to occupy the Bayern defenders and keep the fast pace on the flanks, like so…
Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Walcott, Ozil, Alexis