Bayern team news: Arsenal given double boost before Champions League clash

Arsenal fans will be eagerly listening for Bayern team news ahead of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter-final second leg clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. The first leg finished 2-2 at the Emirates Stadium, so it is all to play for in Germany.

Nonetheless, Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel has been speaking in his pre-game press conference ahead of the match, saying that while Manuel Neuer and Leroy Sane are available, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are not in the squad. Alphonso Davies also misses out through suspension, but Arsenal will be delighted to hear that Gnabry and Coman have not recovered from injury.

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Bayern team news: Gnabry and Coman out vs Arsenal

Gnabry came off injured after scoring in the first leg against Arsenal, while Coman was forced off early in the second half of Bayern's 2-0 home win against Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday. These are two players who could have really hurt the Gunners, so them being ruled out makes a big difference.

Gnabry and Coman are Bayern's joint-second highest scorers in the UCL this season with two goals each, only behind Harry Kane. Their combined expected goals (xG) in the competition is also just 2.55, suggesting they are deadly in front of goal.

Both also have extra incentives to beat Arsenal, with Gnabry an ex-Gunner deemed not good enough to keep hold of, while Coman has won a trophy in every season as a professional player, and the UCL is the only silverware Bayern can now win.

Nonetheless, Mikel Arteta and his players will sleep easy tonight knowing Gnabry and Coman are unavailable, as they look to beat Bayern and progress to the semi-final, where they will either play record holders Real Madrid or fellow Premier League title challengers Manchester City.


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