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.

34 thoughts on “Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg: Open Thread”

  1. 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. 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.

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

    The Gaffer

        1. he suffered an injury during warm ups of an international last year to his Achilles I think so is not coaching any more.

          but he was a great player and great coach and so offers great insight.

          Love Ray.. legend

  4. 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.

    The Gaffer

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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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