Bayern Munich vs. Arsenal lineups: Robben and Ospina start, Müller and ?ech benched

Bayern Munich take on Arsenal at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League first knockout round on Wednesday, and the lineups are now out. Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti’s most notable selection is that of Arjen Robben, who starts over Thomas Müller on the right. Thiago Alcantara is preferred to Renato Sanches in midfield, with Arturo Vidal and Xabi Alonso anchoring things in a double-pivot.

Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger has bravely stuck with his policy of rotating his goalkeepers in the cup competitions, meaning David Ospina is given the nod over Petr ?ech between the sticks. Granit Xhaka and Francis Coquelin anchor the midfield, behind Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut ?zil and Alex Iwobi, who is preferred to Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck. Alexis Sánchez starts as the Gunners’ lone striker.

Arsenal starting lineup (4-2-3-1): David Ospina; Kieran Gibbs, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Héctor Bellerín; Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut ?zil, Alex Iwobi; Alexis Sánchez.

Bergevin also tried to insist that the timing of the change had nothing to do with Julien’s availability.

“I didn’t make my decision based on how Boston operates,” Bergevin said. “Even if Claude wasn’t available there was a decision to be made for the team.”

Considering ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun’s report that the Habs had asked permission to speak with Gerard Gallant, it appears this decision to part with Therrien was inevitable no matter who was available.

But Bergevin must be pleased with the fact Julien was. The new coach revealed he signed a five-year contract and will keep all assistants on through the end of the season.


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