Pep Guardiola’s side did not get their final preparations for Tuesday’s match underway how they would have normally liked, as their team bus caused some damage in the capital
EXTRA TIMEBy Eliot Rothwell Bayern Munich’s journey around London ahead of their Champions League clash against Arsenal on Tuesday took a turn for the worse when the team bus SLAMMED into a nearby car.
Captured in a series of images on social media, the bus looked to be turning a corner before scraping against an unsuspecting black car.
Just seen the #BayernMunich team bus slam into a helpless this car. Saw the whole thing & available for questioning pic.twitter.com/h4XcmyZnal
— Colin O’kumi (@_cKCity) October 20, 2015
The bash did not look to have caused any injuries and hopefully everyone caught up in the incident is okay.
Bayern are expected to be at the Emirates Stadium on time tonight, as they face Arsene Wenger’s side, but any more hiccups like this could result in a dash for kick off!
The forward says Bayern Munich will aim to stop his “lively” Germany team-mate in Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium
Mesut Ozil is excelling at Arsenal because the playmaker “perfectly fits” the Gunners’ style of play, according to Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller.
After two mixed seasons in North London, Ozil has been in sublime form this term and boasts six assists in eight Premier League matches – the joint most with Manchester City’s David Silva.
The Germany international will come face to face with a number of his compatriots when Arsenal host Bayern in Tuesday’s crucial Champions League encounter and Muller is not surprised by the form of his international team-mate.
“Mesut is very lively,” Muller told Arsenal Player.
“His left foot is outstanding and he’s always got a great eye for a pass to a team-mate. His style of play fits perfectly to Arsenal’s game. That’s why he plays a good role there.”
After defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in their opening two Champions League matches, Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the last-16 are hanging by a thread ahead of Bayern’s visit.
The Bavarians, meanwhile, have won both of their opening matches and a record nine straight Bundesliga since the start of the season.
Muller, however, is wary of the threat posed by Arsenal ahead of their trip to London, particularly with Ozil among the Gunners’ armoury.
“Mesut can hurt anyone, especially in London, where I see Arsenal as being a tick stronger than when they play away. We need to prevent Mesut from playing those dangerous passes in the final third.”
The 26-year-old is the toast of Bayern once again at present, with his solitary strike against Bremen on Saturday enough to secure a record-breaking 1-0 win – with Guardiola’s side having now opened the season with nine straight successes in the league, and achievement no team has managed before them.
In netting his ninth goal of the Bundesliga campaign, Muller actually pulled level with Lewandowski in one important scoring statistic.
While his teammate has hit a rich vein of form over recent weeks, his domestic efforts have come in six games – while also finding the target in one European outing.
Muller now boasts a record comparable to that.
He may not have as many goals to his name overall, but he too has breached six Bundesliga defences and one Champions League back line.
The energetic frontman also boasts a useful knack of breaking the deadlock, having achieved that feat for a fourth time over the weekend – Lewandowski, meanwhile, has netted the first goal of any given game just once, with even his five-effort salvo against Wolfsburg coming from 1-0 down.
Muller is clearly a man for all occasions and should be expected to maintain his impressively high standards over the course of an entire campaign – one which promises to deliver another enviable collection of silverware to Bavaria’s finest.
The Frenchman scored as a substitute but is unlikely to return to the side, while Petr Cech will start in goal
By Greg Stobart Olivier Giroud came off the bench and scored in Saturday’s win at Watford – but it’s unlikely to be enough for the striker to force his way in to the Arsenal side that will start against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Theo Walcott is expected to continue as the Gunners’ central striker in a must-win game for the club’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition after defeats in their opening two European fixtures.
Petr Cech will start his first Champions League game for Arsenal in place of the injured David Ospina, who would have lost his place regardless after his howler against Olympiakos.
Arsene Wenger is ready to name an unchanged team to the starting XI that faced Watford, which means Gabriel will have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench despte recovering from a minor illness.
For Bayern Munich, the game in north London comes too soon for Arjen Robben and the Dutchman is joined on the sidelines by Mario Gotze, Franck Ribery and Mehdi Benatia.
In-form striker Robert Lewandowski appeared to suffer a slight knee injury in the win over Werder Bremen at the weekend but will lead the line for the German champions.