Arsenal v Bayern Munich preview: Alexis Sanchez set to start, Mesut Ozil still out

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Arsenal v Bayern Munich preview: Alexis Sanchez set to start, Mesut Ozil still out

Alexis Sanchez is set to start for Arsenal as they attempt to overturn their 5-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16, but Mesut Ozil is still out with an illness.

The Gunners host the German giants at the Emirates on Tuesday night knowing only a near-miracle will see them make it into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.

Sanchez was left out of the starting line-up as Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, but Arsene Wenger denied there had been a reported bust-up on the training ground involving the Chilean.

When asked about the supposed incident, Wenger said: “I am not aware, nothing happened. Nothing at all.

“I explained after the game at Liverpool that I decided to go for a more direct option in the game and that’s what happened. That was the unique reason for my decision.

“For the rest, his attitude… He is a committed player, sometimes with excessive behaviour, but you have seen that many times in history in every squad.”

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Ozil, who also missed the trip to Anfield at the weekend, will also be absent in midweek as Wenger confirmed he wasn’t yet “ready physically” to be considered.

Aaron Ramsey was an unused substitute at Liverpool following his return from injury and could feature on Tuesday.

Key players Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso were all on the bench for Bayern’s win over Cologne on Saturday and all four are set to return.

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No club has progressed in a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg by 4+ goals. A first-leg four goal deficit has happened nine times before this season, with six of those occasions seeing the defeated team play the first leg away from home.

Since the beginning of 2003/04, Arsenal have lost just 10 of their 62 home games in the Champions League, however six of those defeats have come in the knockout stages.

In fact, four of Arsenal’s last six Champions League defeats at Emirates Stadium have come in the last 16, with two of those losses coming at the hands of Bayern Munich in 2013 and 2014.

This is the 12th meeting between these sides in the Champions League, Bayern have won six of the previous 11 games with Arsenal winning three (D2).

The German side have won just one of their last six Champions League away games, losing three and drawing twice in that run; however their three defeats all came by a single goal.

In the first leg, Arsenal failed to record a single shot on target in the second half, compared to Bayern’s nine, this after firing five shots on target in the first half.