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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg: Open Thread

arsenal bayern munich Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg: Open Thread

The round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League is one of the most wonderful parts of the soccer calendar, where the top teams in Europe clash to try to win the silverware. Arsenal has an opportunity to inch one step closer to the quarter-finals when they take on German heavyweight Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium today. A win and they’ll be halfway closer to being in the final eight.

Arsene Wenger and his Arsenal players will want to forget the disappointment of their FA Cup exit to Blackburn from the weekend. An impressive performance by the Gunners is imperative. Although they’ll have their hands full against a Bayern side that is unstoppable in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Arteta, Podolski, Wilshere, Walcott, Ramsey, Cazorla

Bayern Munich team: Neuer, Lahm, van Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Muller, Kroos, Ribery, Mandzukic

For viewers in the United States, Gus Johnson will be the commentator on FOX Soccer, while the native UK announcers should be bringing you the game live on FOX Soccer 2Go. The kick-off is at 2:45pm ET/11:45am PT/7:45pm UK time.

Before, during or after today’s Champions League match, post your rants, raves, questions or observations in the comments section below.

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34 Responses to Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg: Open Thread

  1. Larry says:

    I think Arsenal will play a lot better than they have the last few games. This will be a very close game and the tie won’t be decided until the 2nd leg in Munich.

  2. paddy h. says:

    who’s commentating? please not that gus fella.

  3. Marc L says:

    Ha ha, to what Gooner just posted, Fox Soccer 2 go gives you two options (highlighting “Gus Johnson Commentary” as one of them)

    Kind of a good news/bad news thing. Yes, we inflict this basketball announcer on you. But on the other hand we ARE telling you where to go to avoid him.

    Uh, props to Fox. Sort of.

  4. The Gaffer says:

    Great to see and hear a wonderful atmosphere at the Emirates for a change!

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  5. Fsquid says:

    TOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRR!

  6. The Gaffer says:

    Good analysis by Ray Clemence so far, sharing his experience as a footballer and adding great insights.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  7. Fsquid says:

    I thought Clemence was on the England National Team staff. Surprised to see him doing American TV work.

  8. Fsquid says:

    Gus is much worse than he was last week.

  9. Matt says:

    Bayern play some ‘sexy’ stuff :D

  10. OT says:

    This tie is OVER. No contest.

    Men vs boys.

  11. Fsquid says:

    Guess they should have given my Bayern a bye into the Quarters.

  12. Matt says:

    Since when have Arsenal turned to Stoke, shocking tackles here

  13. The Gaffer says:

    Bayern Munich could defend this all day long. Easy peasy.

    What would Mourinho do if he was in charge of Arsenal? He’d make a change now instead of waiting until half time when it may be too late. Walcott needs support up top. Bring Giroud on and let Arsenal attack Bayern alongside Walcott.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  14. dust says:

    LMAO @ farcenal! where is Jack Wilshire Now “Controlling games”?

  15. Fsquid says:

    Bayern have given up only 7 goals in the Bundesliga all season, Aresenal not coming back.

  16. Marc L says:

    Once upon a time I used to hate Arsenal as being one of the “establishment” teams. Now I just kind of feel sorry for them. Go out of my office for like 10 minutes and it is 0-2. Sheesh.

  17. La-A says:

    Can’t stand Gus Johnson right now. Simply naming players who touch the ball and reading a random fact every couple of minutes isn’t commentary.

    Well, at least I didn’t like Fox to begin with

  18. Matt says:

    my boy MANDZUKIC!!!! :D

  19. Marc L says:

    Some props to the Gooners for early-second half life here.

    Well it could have been worse. They could have been getting bossed about by some Dutch side that spends 5 mil a year on transfers -errrrrr, never mind.

  20. NeilO says:

    Arsene is a relic.

  21. Hoosiergunner says:

    Nothing unexpected here. I was actually expecting worse. Bayern is top of the heap right now. They’ll surely be in the final. We showed some life in the second half. Regroup this summer (hopefully add some personnel rather than loose some), and try again next year.

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